Carp starts right away after callup

Carp starts right away after callup

ARLINGTON -- First baseman Mike Carp got the callup to the Major Leagues on Monday and was in the starting lineup, batting fifth behind third baseman Jose Lopez.

Carp, who got off to a slow start at Triple-A Tacoma, has been on a tear of late, batting .352 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in his last 19 games. The hot streak raised his batting average from .185 to .250 for the season, so it's been a big turnaround for the 23-year-old, who played 21 games for the Mariners last season.

"It happens," Carp said of his slow start. "Players go through slumps. Unfortunately, it happened to me at the beginning of the year."

Carp said his turnaround started on, of all things, a sacrifice bunt that turned into a base hit. And his hot streak got him to Texas, where Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu told him Monday he'll play regularly, even with veteran Casey Kotchman on the roster.

"He said I'm going to play," Carp said. "I'm going to do what I do."

Kotchman did have a hit in Sunday's loss to the Angels, but he's still batting only .132 (12-for-91) in his past 24 games.

"It gives Casey a chance to work on things," Wakamatsu said, "and gives him a chance to get his swing where he feels comfortable with it."