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March 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Mike Carp aims to return for home opener

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(Mariners players had a light workout today, but will be back on a regular schedule tomorrow).
Mike Carp made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career — and ended up getting hurt in the fourth inning of the first game. Carp sprained his right (throwing) shoulder diving for a ball hit by Kurt Suzuki that went for an RBI double, and was placed on the disabled list the next day.
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the game,” Carp said today. “I was playing hard. I can’t beat myself up over it. I’d do the same thing again if I had to. Hopefully make the catch next time.”
Carp actually played through the 10th before being replaced in left field for defensive reasons by Casper Wells.
“I knew something was up, something was a little different. But I had a lot of adrenaline going. I wasn’t going to come out of that game regardless. I wanted to keep playing. I just woke up the next day, and it was real stiff. I knew something was different.”


Once back to Peoria, Carp underwent an MRI, which apparently showed no structural damage. “They said it was good news,” he said. “Ice and stem, and hopefully start turning the page the next couple of days, and be ready for the home opener.”
That takes place on April 13 against Oakland. Because the Mariners are taking a week off before resuming their season, Carp could conceivably miss just six more games before being activated.
“That was huge as far as my mental psyche — only missing a few games as opposed to missing two full weeks of playing, if everything works out,” he said. “Luckily we got good news today. Hopefully we keep getting good news each day. ”

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