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Wilson downcast after costly errors

Wilson downcast after costly errors

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Wilson downcast after costly errors
ARLINGTON -- Two days after making a spectacular double play at second base, Mariners infielder Jack Wilson was taken out of Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Rangers because of a pair of second-inning errors that cost Felix Hernandez two unearned runs.

Wilson was slightly shaken up by a hard slide at second by the Rangers' Ian Kinsler after throwing the ball wide of first on his second error, and manager Eric Wedge said he was removed because he was "a little hazy" after that play.

But Wilson said he wasn't hurt and only came out because the club needed a steadier presence at second base in that situation. He was replaced by Luis Rodriguez, who played the final seven innings.

"They asked me how I was feeling, and obviously [Wedge] wasn't feeling too particularly good at that point," a downcast Wilson said. "Basically giving them three runs with the way Felix was pitching, they wanted somebody out there who had a little more time or experience or whatnot."

Wilson didn't disagree with the decision.

"Because [the errors were] unacceptable to have happen in a game we needed to win, and a game Felix was pitching," he said. "Felix was making the pitches to get out of jams, and I wasn't getting it done. There's no excuse for it, at that point."

Wilson has been a shortstop his entire 10 years in the Major Leagues until this spring, when the Mariners chose to go with Brendan Ryan at short and move Wilson to second. He started the first four games this season at second and played well, then moved to shortstop on Tuesday when Ryan was given a day off.

But he was back at his new position again Wednesday, and things went sideways in the second inning. Wilson first dropped an easy throw from third baseman Chone Figgins that would have been a force out at second with the bases loaded as a run scored. Then on the next play, an apparent inning-ending double-play grounder to Ryan soon went awry when Wilson threw wide of first on the relay.

Kinsler took him out at the end of the play with a hard slide and Wilson got up slowly, but he said after the game that had nothing to do with his removal from the game or the error.

"The takeout had nothing to do with the throw. I threw the ball before he hit me," Wilson said. "It's just one of those things that didn't click today. Not catching a ball thrown to you is ridiculous. Especially when Felix is going out there giving us fantastic innings.

"He gets a couple runners on and gets the ground balls we need and we can't convert. That's all on me. Today's whole loss is on that second inning and what I wasn't able to do."

Wilson missed 101 games last year with hamstring problems and a fractured right hand, but his pain Wednesday seemed nearly as difficult. The 33-year-old worked hard to get comfortable at second base after the decision to go with Ryan late in Spring Training.

"I don't care about some built-in excuse about how I'm learning on the fly, or whatever," he said. "There is no excuse for not getting it done at this level to help win a game."

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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