ARLINGTON -- The Mariners' top executives gathered in Dallas on Friday for a full day of season-end organizational meetings.
General manager Jack Zduriencik and his staff -- including newly hired special assistants Pete Vuckovich and Joe McIlvaine -- met with manager Eric Wedge and his coaching staff for much of the day before heading to Rangers Ballpark for the series opener with Texas.
Pedro Grifol, director of Minor League operations, and scouting director Tom McNamara also were on hand to update the group on their areas of the club.
"Every year at the end of the season it's good to bring guys in and have sessions with the big league staff and front office and have the opportunity to discuss the ballclub and talk about the future," Zduriencik said. "It was a good session to get everybody on the same page."
The meetings were particularly important for recent additions Vuckovich and McIlvaine, both hired in the past two weeks.
"I think it was good for them to come in and spend time with the [coaching] staff," Zduriencik said, "because they're going to be doing a lot of Major League work and that's the primary reason we met, to talk about the big league club, the future and our needs. They want to create relationships where they can feel free to talk to people and get a feel for the organization."
Wells, Ryan likely done for rest of season
ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Casper Wells and shortstop Brendan Ryan will likely miss the remaining week of the season, manager Eric Wedge said Friday, as both Mariners players have continuing health problems.
Wells has an unresolved issue affecting his equilibrium. The team had hoped he could be cleared by doctors to join the club Friday in Texas, but instead he's likely done for the year.
Ryan has been receiving treatment for a disk issue in his neck in Seattle as well.
Wells' situation had apparently been developing in recent weeks as he struggled with his vision and balance until it reached a point where he stayed home to undergo tests when the team embarked on its current seven-day road trip.
"Right now they're identifying some things that are wrong with him," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "It's basically a balance issue. He's going to go through some more tests here by the early part of next week. The big thing is he's gone through some things that I don't think even he realized he was going through."
Wells was impressive when the Mariners first acquired him from the Tigers in the Doug Fister deal on July 30 but tailed off badly in the past three weeks.
"If they're able to rectify his issues, now he's going to be able to come back and be a little bit different player," Zduriencik said. "We've seen some really nice things out of him. You talk about power, outfield play, throwing arm. He's an aggressive, strong, physical kid and if he can settle into where he's normal, it's going to be interesting to watch that unfold."
Wedge said Ryan, out since last Saturday with his neck issue, is continuing to improve, but indicated it's "probably a long shot now" for either player to return even for the final three-game home series against the A's from Monday through Wednesday.
Mariners take look at Seager at shortstop
ARLINGTON -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge wanted to get more looks at rookie Kyle Seager at shortstop before the season ended and he'll definitely get that chance now with Brendan Ryan sidelined by a neck problem and backup Luis Rodriguez injuring his hand.
Rodriguez sustained three gashes on his right hand when the Twins' Danny Valencia caught him with his spikes on a stolen-base attempt in the ninth inning of Thursday's 3-2 loss in Minneapolis.
"He got me good," Rodriguez said Friday. "I tried to grip my bat and I can't do it, so I don't know. I'll see how it feels tomorrow."
That leaves Seager as the club's only healthy shortstop, though third baseman Alex Liddi played a few games there this season at Triple-A Tacoma.
Prior to Friday's series opener, Seager had started 38 games this season at third base, four at shortstop and two at second.
"Getting to play the two games at shortstop in Minnesota helped me feel more comfortable," Seager said. "It's a very unfortunate situation with the guys getting hurt, but I do feel more comfortable and I'm ready to go."
Seager's continued motto, no matter where he's been lined up?
"I just want to play," said the 23-year-old.
Wedge figures it's another chance to see what one of his youngsters who might help in the future can do right now. But he also wants to be careful not to pigeonhole Seager as a utility-type infielder.
"I don't want to tag him with that because I think he has the ability to be an everyday player," Wedge said. "The way I look at it, worst-case scenario he should be a utility player. Because he has the ability to hit, he's a good kid and can move around a little bit. And he's still so young."