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July 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Carlos Peguero begins second Mariners stint by taking Ichiro’s right field spot

Well, this is one way to find playing time for Carlos Peguero. He’s in right field tonight, batting seventh, while Ichiro serves as the DH.
Didn’t really see that one coming.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he’d like to take a nice look at Peguero. Playing him in right also gives Wedge a chance to get Ichiro off his feet following a travel day.
“I’d like to take a good look at him if I can,” Wedge said of Peguero. “At some point in time, we’re going to have some numbers issues. You can only play so many. But right now, we should have an opportunity to play him here for a few days.”
But Wedge wouldn’t commit to anything beyond this weekend.
There’s a lot going on behind the scenes here. The Mariners don’t expect Erasmo Ramirez to be back in time to start the post-All-Star Break part of the season. Hisashi Iwakuma will be in the rotation once the “second half” begins (he’s in the bullpen this weekend only) but that still leaves the team one starter short.
In other words, somebody will have to be brought up from Class AAA, likely Blake Beavan.
Franklin Gutierrez is also still slowly recovering from that concussion he suffered last week. He’s eligible to come off the Friday after the break, but Wedge feels that might be a tad optimistic.
Stephen Pryor is also about to begin a rehabilitation stint with Class A High Desert during the All-Star Break.
And what this all means is that somebody will be going back down again to AAA shortly, just the Mariners aren’t sure how many. Maybe it’s Peguero. Or, maybe it’s somebody else. We’ve already mentioned Jesus Montero as a candidate. But if Wedge comes right out and says that Peguero is going to be here several more weeks, he’s going to cause other guys to panic that they’re about to be sent down and that does nobody any good this weekend.
So, best not to expect many straight answers between now and Sunday evening.
Peguero said he’s looking forward to this latest stint in the big leagues. He floundered a bit the two months he was up here last season.
“I’m taking it like a positive experience for me,” he said. “I know the numbers weren’t good for me and that’s why I was sent down. But I’m taking it as a good learning experience and I’ll try to be better and prepare myself to be here. I know what it takes to be here and now I know the kind of adjustments and what it takes to be here.”

Montero is getting the night off tonight. The team will monitor him day-to-day as he recovers from that mild concussion. I asked Wedge whether there was something Montero could be doing to avoid taking so many balls off his mask.
“It’s just tough,” Wedge said. “It’s a kind of twist of fate. Some guys get hit more than others. Sometimes it does have to do with your depth, it does have to do with your set-up. He is a big guy back there. Not much you can do about it. Some guys get hit more than others.”
Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln is here at the game. Lincoln told me he’s just visiting the area he grew up in and is not here to monitor the Mariners up close during this difficult time in their season.
The lineups:
DH Ichiro
LF Casper Wells
CF Michael Saunders
C Miguel Olivo
3B Kyle Seager
1B Justin Smoak
RF Carlos Peguero
2B Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Kevin Millwood
CF Coco Crisp
2B Jemile Weeks
RF Josh Reddick
LF Yoenis Cespedes
DH Seth Smith
1B Brandon Moss
C Derek Norris
3B Brandon Inge
SS Cliff Pennington
LHP Tommy Milone

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