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John Jaso gets in Mariners lineup, just not as catcher | Notebook
By Bob Condotta
Seattle Times staff reporter
Having three players on the roster whose primary position is catcher will require some creativity by Mariner manager Eric Wedge to get them all in the lineup at least semi-regularly.
Thursday, Wedge unveiled a new tactic, going with regular catcher Miguel Olivo behind the plate, then inserting John Jaso at designated hitter and giving Jesus Montero the day off.
It was just Jaso's third start of the season, though his second in three days. In Jaso's first two starts, Montero was the catcher with Olivo taking the day off.
Wedge said he was simply giving Montero some rest while alternately getting the other two in the game.
Jaso, who caught 178 games for Tampa Bay the last two years before being acquired via trade in the offseason, has yet to catch this season. Wedge said he'd like to get him behind the plate, but that he's at least getting Jaso in the lineup at DH.
"Miggy is our starting catcher and Jesus is going to get time as well, (so) it's going to be tough to get Jaso back there," he said. "Not that I'm against it by any means, but right now I feel like I need to give the time to Miggy and Jesus, and I still want to get Jaso's bat in the lineup from time to time if I can, so that's what we're trying to do."
Olivo entered the game hitting .125 in 40 at-bats, worst on the team. But Wedge said before the game he thought it was just a matter of time before Olivo got going.
"I was really pleased with what he did this spring," he said. "He's working up the middle more, he's trying to go the other way, which is against what you've seen in the past from him typically and he did a nice job with it. But I think he's been a little bit anxious here early on, think he's been pressing a little bit. But his confidence hasn't wavered."
• Mike Carp, in Tacoma on a rehab assignment after spraining his right shoulder in Japan, has yet to start in the outfield for the Rainiers, but could either Friday or Saturday if all goes well. Carp was the DH on Thursday.
• Catcher Adam Moore, who tore a meniscus in his right knee earlier this week in a Class AAA game, had surgery Thursday and Wedge said Moore could return in four to six weeks.
For the record: W-L: 7-7 W PCT: .500
Streak: L1 Home: 3-3 Road: 4-4 vs. AL West: 6-5 vs. L.A.: 0-0 vs. Oakland: 5-2 vs. Texas: 1-3 vs. AL East: 0-0 vs. AL Cent: 1-2 vs. NL: 0-0 vs. LHP: 1-1 vs. RHP: 6-6 Day: 1-1 Night: 6-6 One-run: 2-3 Extra inngs: 1-0 Home attendance Thursday's crowd: 12,942 Season total: 123,493 Biggest crowd: 46,026 (April 13) Smallest crowd: 11,343 (April 18) Average (6 dates): 20,582 2011 average (6 dates): 23,029
Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @bcondotta.
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