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April 19, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Pre-game notes, April 19, vs. Indians

Bob Condotta here filling in tonight for Geoff Baker as the Mariners attempt to win the three-game series against the Indians, splitting the first two.
The lineups are out and Seattle’s looks like this:
Chone Figgins, LF
Dustin Ackley, 2B
Ichiro, RF
Justin Smoak, 1B
Kyle Seager, 3B
Michael Saunders, CF
Miguel Olivo, C
John Jaso, DH
Brendan Ryan, SS
Felix Hernandez, P
The two obvious notes there are Smoak being back in the lineup and Jaso at DH and Olivo at catcher, meaning no Jesus Montero.
Manager Eric Wedge said they are simply giving Montero a day off. “He’ll get days off here and there,” Wedge said. “He needs to have days off here and there. First full season, a lot going on whether it be offensively or defensively as all first-year young players do so I’m going to give him days off from time to time.”
With Montero out, it allows the Mariners to get their other two catchers in there — Olivo and Jaso. Jaso, however, is at DH meaning he has yet to catch this season.
Said Wedge: “Miggy is our starting catcher and Jesus is going to get time as well it’s going to be tough to get Jaso back there. Not that im against it by any means but right now feel like I need to give the time to Miggy and Jesus and I still want to get Jaso’s bat in the lineup from time to time if I can so that’s what we’re trying to do. And he does a good job of working and staying sharp. It’s still not the same as playing games, of course.”
Olivo is hitting just .125 and Wedge acknowledges they are trying to get him going.
Said Wedge: “We’re trying to get it going and I’ve had conversations with him, and I was really pleased with what he did this spring. He’s working up the middle more, he’s trying to go the other way which is against what you’ve seen in the past from him typically and he did a nice job with it. But I think he’s been a little bit anxious here early on, think he’s been pressing a little bit. But his confidence hasn’t wavered, he still feels like he’s going to hit and I feel like he will too but he just has to do some things from an adjustment period to make that happen.”
As for Smoak, his hamstring isn’t healed but it’s good enough to play tonight.
“(It’s) a little bit better,” Wedge said. “He’s going to have to manage it. Got him taped up pretty good. Probably won’t steal a base tonight.”
Wedge also said that OF Mike Carp, in Tacoma on a rehab assignment, will play in the outfield tonight and then again either tomorrow or the next day as he tests his sprained right shoulder. He also said surgery on catcher Adam Moore’s knee went without complications and the timetable for his return remains 4-6 weeks.
Here’s Cleveland’s lineup:
Michael Brantley, CF
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Carlos Santana, C
Travis Hafner, DH
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Shelley Duncan, LF
Jack Hanahan, 3B
Jason Donald, SS
Finally, here’s some video of Wedge’s pre-game meeting with the media:

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