Wedge on juggling catchers plus news and notes
By Shannon Drayer
Another day, another lineup for the Mariners.
Jesus Montero was given the day off and Wedge said to count on seeing him get more.
“He needs to have days off here and there. His first full season he has a lot going on, whether it be offensively or defensively as all first year players do. I am going to give him days off from time to time,” he said.
John Jaso is in the lineup at DH. He has yet to get behind the plate. Wedge was asked if we could see this soon.
“Miggy is our starting catcher, Jesus is going to get time as well. It is going to be tough to get Jaso back there,” he said. “Not that I am against it but right now I feel like I need to give the time to Miggy and Jesus. I still want to get Jaso’s bat in the lineup from time to time if I can so that is what we are trying to do.”
I asked Wedge whether going with Olivo was more about what he does behind the plate or getting his bat going.
“We’re trying to get it going,” he answered. “I have had conversations with him. I was really pleased with what he did this spring, he’s working up the middle more, he is trying to go the other way, which is against what you have seen from him in the past typically. He has done a nice job with it. I think he has been a little anxious here early on. I think he has been pressing a little bit but his confidence hasn’t wavered and I feel he is going to hit but he just has to do some things in an adjustment period to make that happen.”
News and notes: Justin Smoak is back in the lineup after missing yesterday with a tight hamstring. It is much better today but according to Eric Wedge, it will have to be managed. … Adam Moore underwent knee surgery today and the news was good. Surgery went well and it looks like the original recovery period of 4-6 weeks will stand. … Mike Carp is scheduled to play in the outfield tonight for the first time since his injury.