Addition of Wells creates left-field conundrum
Carp, Figgins, Halman in mix for playing time in Seattle outfield
SEATTLE -- With new Mariners outfielder Casper Wells getting the start in left Sunday against the Rays, skipper Eric Wedge said it's a possibility that outfielder Mike Carp could be seeing time at first base.
Carp, who was called up from Triple-A Tacoma for a second time on July 17, has played in left field and served as designated hitter while with the Mariners.
"He's been working over there," Wedge said. "I still see him primarily in left field and at designated hitter, but that's always a possibility. As long as he's playing, getting his at-bats."
Chone Figgins has also appeared in two games in left field, and Wedge said there's still a possibility that Figgins plays in the outfield.
"I wouldn't say it eliminates it, because I like the thought of Figgy playing all over the place," Wedge said. "I've got him in there, swinging the bat a little better, a few walks, stealing a few bases. I'd like him to figure it out, and have a chance to play a little more. Obviously, with Wells, [Greg] Halman and Carp, it might limit him a little more in the outfield, but I wouldn't say it eliminates it."
And as for the rookie Halman, who has started 14 games in left field?
"He's going to have to fight for some time," Wedge said. "But we'll get him in when we can. He needs to keep working. He's a good worker. He got off to a good start, but he's been struggling lately. That's part of being a young player. We'll have to juggle time. We want to continue to find out about guys."
Kelley hurls perfect inning in rehab outing
SEATTLE -- Reliever Shawn Kelley made his second rehab appearance Saturday with Triple-A Tacoma and pitched well again, throwing a perfect inning with two strikeouts.
Kelley made his first appearance Wednesday against Sacramento, hurling a perfect inning with two strikeouts. But before Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, manager Eric Wedge said he still wants to see more from Kelley at Tacoma.
"He's close," Wedge said. "We have to decide just how much ... do we give him another outing? I still think he needs to pitch down there."
Kelley has been on the 60-day disabled list all season after recovering from partial Tommy John surgery on Sept. 1, 2010.
Wedge has a hole to fill with the departure of David Pauley, who was traded Saturday to Detroit. Pauley was one of Seattle's better relievers this season, going 5-4 with a 2.15 ERA.
"We used Jeff Gray Gray in that role [Saturday] and he did an outstanding job," Wedge said.
Gray pitched 1 2/3 innings of no-hit relief in the Mariners' 3-2 win, striking out two and preserving the win for starter Michael Pineda. This season, Gray has a 2.70 ERA over 30 innings pitched.
Taylor Soper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.