SEATTLE -- The two weeks right-hander Ian Snell spent in the Mariners' bullpen were quiet and business-like.

But the starting rotation is where Snell wants to be and he's back on the every-fifth-day routine, replacing struggling left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith.

Snell, sent to the bullpen on April 28 to make room in the rotation for left-hander Cliff Lee, made three relief appearances, surrendering five earned runs in nine innings.

He never complained about being taken out of the starting rotation and went about his relief work whenever called upon.

"I was ready when they called, threw the ball well and now I'm back in the rotation," he said on Thursday. "I am just going to keep the same mindset and do what they ask me to do."

Snell is preparing himself for his next start, which comes Saturday night against the Padres at Safeco Field.

Zduriencik has confidence in Wak

SEATTLE -- Injuries and a mind-boggling number of close losses -- 11 of the first 26 were by one run, including six in the opponents' final at-bat -- have not soured general manager Jack Zduriencik's feelings of how the on-the-job manager Don Wakamatsu is doing.

As of Thursday morning, there was no indication that Wak's job security is waning.

"We would love to be playing better baseball and we see signs here and there that maybe guys are coming out of it," Zduriencik said of the Mariners struggling offense. "It has been disappointing and perplexing in a lot of ways. Don has a job to do -- he has to get this club to where it needs to get to and I know he intends to do that.

"We're very supportive of him right now that he will do that."

Zdureincik pointed out that, "We are six weeks into the season," and there are plenty of games remaining to get the season turned around.

Wilson: Fragile or unlucky?

SEATTLE -- Shortstop Jack Wilson returned to Seattle on Thursday to have his injured left leg examined by the Mariners' medical staff.

He currently is on the 15-day disabled list and was on a rehab assignment with Double-A West Tennessee when his right leg bothered him while running from first to third base.

During his pregame media session, manager Don Wakamatsu was asked if Wilson's style of play makes him prone to leg injuries.

"He's an aggressive player," Wakamatsu said. "We felt we attacked the strength in his legs properly during the offseason, but sometimes it's just hitting the bag wrong, or as he [was injured] running to first just before he got to the bag. We're hoping we can get him back and this doesn't occur again, but it's hard to tell."

Wilson, who has been sidelined since May 5, when he left a game against the Rays with tightness behind his right hamstring, had a leg issue during Spring Training.

Wakamatsu believes there is a connection to the current injury to the one in camp.

The skipper talked to Wilson on Thursday.

"He actually felt better today, so we're just going to bring him in and see where we're at with the setback," Wakamatsu said. "If everything is a go structurally, then we'll send him [back] out on a rehab."

Worth noting

It might have something to do with the Mariners' lack of punch, but Safeco Field has yielded fewer home runs this season than any other Major League park. In their first 19 home games, the Mariners hit six out of the park while the opponents have hit 12. The 18 dingers at Safeco are six fewer than the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum.