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June 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Mariners pre-game notes, Saturday, June 23

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Pretty quiet day today. I asked Eric Wedge for his thoughts on the Mariners All-Star representative, and he dodged the question.
“I’m always uncomfortable answering that for fear of offending somebody or leaving somebody out,” he said. “I think we have a couple of guys that warrant consideration. I’m not going to name names. That’s their call. If they should happen to call, I’ll give my opinion.


“That’s a tough job to pick those guys. They’re always going to be leaving someone out worthy of going. It will be interesting to see.”
It’s a tough job but one every manager covets, because it means your team won the pennant the previous year. Wedge was one victory away from having that honor in 2007 when his Indians went up three games to one on Boston the ALCS, only to lose three straight.
“That’s the job you’re looking to have,” he said. “I was coach in 2006, I know those guys have a lot to do, but everybody wants to be there, because you’re there for the right reasons if you’re managing.”
Wedge said Mike Carp, on the DL since June 12 with an inflamed right shoulder, will be
re-evaluated when the team returns home Monday.
“He’s getting close to basically starting some baseball activity,” he said.
Pitcher Stephen Pryor (strained left groin) “is a little further away. We’ll evaluate him Monday as well. Hopefully, we can use that homestand and see how far he can come along. We’d like to see him possibly being able to go out and do something by the time we go back out on road.”
Carp is entitled to another 20-day rehab assignment — he had one earlier this year — but Wedge said, “I don’t think he’s going to need that. But I think it’s important for both those guys to go out a little bit to knock the rust out.”
Asked whether Charlie Furbush, who has been dominating out of the bullpen, could possibly move back to a starting role, Wedge said, “Right now that’s not even something we’re considering. But it doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen.”

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