Second baseman Jack Wilson wasn't yanked from the Seattle Mariners last game - he pulled himself out despite manager Eric Wedge and bench coach Robby Thompson both asking him not to.
The result: Wilson isn’t in the lineup today and might not be any time soon.
Asked what he thought of Wilson’s actions, Wedge brought it home with one word: “Unspeakable.”
Wilson, a veteran shortstop who was asked by Wedge to shift to second this spring, did so without complaint, although he said he still viewed himself as a shortstop. On Wednesday in Texas, he committed two errors in an inning, essentially costing Felix Hernandez any chance to win the game.
Initially, Wedge said he pulled Wilson because the player was “hazy.” Wilson later refuted that, and said Wedge had been right to lift him. Now, Wedge said, he was trying to cover for Wilson.
“I tried to protect Jack, by saying he was a little bit hazy. He made mention that I’d pulled him from the game. I did not take Jack out of the game,” Wedge said. “He pulled himself out. Robbie and I tried to talk him out of that in the tunnel behind the dugout.”
Asked what Wilson would have to do get back in the lineup, Wedge shook his head: “I won’t talk about this anymore.
Wilson talked, and acknowledged he’d taken himself out – the “first time” he had done that in his 10-year career.
“I take a lot of pride in what I do, and the last thing I wanted to do was take myself out – but I didn’t want to do more damage,” Wilson said. “I want to learn to get this (playing second base) right. I’m doing the best I can.
“When something like this happened, I knew with Felix there were going to be a lot more ground balls hit. I didn’t want to make it worse.”
Thompson was asked if he’d been through this with a teammate or player in the past.
“It was a first,” he said. “I’ve never seen it.
General manager Jack Zduriencik’s response: “Eric handled it the way he sees fit, and I certainly support what Eric has done and how he’s gone about it.”
MOORE ON 60-DAY DL
Catcher Adam Moore, who was once viewed as the future of the franchise, was placed on the 60-day disabled list Friday, and replaced on the Mariners’ roster by 28-year-old Chris Gimenez.
Moore was injured while catching Wednesday in Texas, and an MRI a day later revealed a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. The tear is serious enough to require surgery Tuesday, and Moore will miss months, not weeks.
Gimenez is a right-handed hitter with 590 minor league games of experience – and 73 in the big leagues – although not all as a catcher. He has also played the outfield, first and third base.
Offense has been the thorn in Gimenez’s side throughout his career. In big-league games with Cleveland, including 45 under then-Indians manager Eric Wedge in 2009, Gimenez batted .160.
GOOD GUTI NEWS
Franklin Gutierrez played three innings in center field and got two at-bats in his first game action in weeks at the Mariners’ extended-spring camp in Peoria, Ariz.
The Mariners flip-flopped their rotation with Thursday’s off-day, and Felix Hernandez will pitch on Monday against Toronto, with rookie Michael Pineda pushed back to Tuesday.
Seattle hosts Cleveland in a 6:10 p.m. game that will be televised on ROOT. Probable starting pitchers: Justin Masterson (1-0, 1.29) vs. Seattle’s Doug Fister (0-1. 3.18).