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Wedge: Wilson's actions 'unspeakable'

Wedge: Wilson's actions 'unspeakable'

Wedge: Wilson's actions 'unspeakable'
SEATTLE -- Second baseman Jack Wilson was not in the Mariners' lineup Friday after coming out of Wednesday's loss in Texas in the third inning following a pair of errors, and manager Eric Wedge appears none too pleased with the veteran infielder.

Wedge said after Wednesday's game that he'd replaced Wilson because he was "a little hazy" after being undercut on a hard slide at second base on a double-play attempt on the second error, but the manager said prior to Friday's home opener that Wilson took himself out of that ballgame.

Wilson said after Wednesday's game that he was not hurt and had been replaced because his play was not acceptable in a game when Felix Hernandez was pitching.

"I think there was some confusion with that," Wedge said. "I tried to protect Jack by saying he was a little hazy. Then he made mention of the fact that I took him out of the game. I did not take him out of the game. He took himself out of the game.

"[Infield coach] Robby Thompson and I were underneath there [in the dugout]. We wanted him to go back out and tried to convince him to go back out. He didn't feel he could do that. So, ultimately, we had to make the change."

Adam Kennedy started at second in Wilson's place on Friday.

Asked if Wilson still had a place on the team, Wedge didn't sound optimistic.

"I don't know," Wedge said. "Right now we've got Adam Kennedy and Luis Rodriguez and we'll see what happens from there."

Asked how he felt about a player taking himself out of a game, Wedge left no room for misinterpretation.

"It's unspeakable to me," he said.

Wilson, who was moved to second base this spring after 10 years at shortstop, blamed himself for Wednesday's loss after he committed two errors that led to two unearned runs against Hernandez in the second inning of a 7-3 loss.

Asked at that time if he was taken out because he was hurt, he said no.

"They asked me how I was feeling, and obviously [Wedge] wasn't feeling too particularly good at that point," 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."

On Friday, Wilson fully acknowledged that he had taken himself out of the contest because he was worried about hurting the team with his defensive play after the two errors. He said he was concerned the mistakes would stick in his mind and cause further problems.

"I still have a lot of work to do to get comfortable [at second base]," Wilson said. "The things I did cost us the game. I take a lot of pride in doing the things that thelp us win games, and I felt that was best for us to do. I was upset. The last thing I wanted to do was pull myself out. But those were big double plays in a big spot. I didn't want to do any more damage.

"This is something I'm learning, and I'm still going to work hard in doing it. That's a pretty big cost, to lose a game, especially when you have a Cy Young guy on the mound. At that point I just said, 'You know what, let's go with somebody who has a little more experience out there. I want to learn this and do what's best for the team, but not if it's going to mean losing games."

Asked if Wedge understood that position, Wilson said he wasn't sure.

"It's a pretty tough thing," he said. "I'm doing the best I can, obviously. [The move to second base] was a thing that came at the end of Spring Training, being out there working my tail off with [Kennedy and Rodriguez], doing the best I can. When something happens like that in a game that was pretty important, and the way [Hernandez] was pitching, we were going to get a lot more ground balls. At that point, nobody wants to take themselves out of a game, especially me.

"I haven't been able to play a lot of baseball in the last year or so. I want to be out there 100 percent, but not if it's going to cost us anything. It's a pretty tough pill to swallow, but at that point I knew it was the right thing for me to do."

WIlson said he's not sure when he'll be back in the lineup.

"I'll just keep doing the hard work to get better. It's going to take some work. It's coming in early, doing double plays and everything I can to make sure it doesn't happen again. Until that's crisp and I'm confident enough to do that, I'll probably be sitting down watching somebody else."

General manager Jack Zduriencik said he hadn't spoken to Wilson yet and was letting Wedge deal with the situation, which arose in his first week of regular-season play as the Mariners' manager.

"He is the manager, he is in charge," Zduriencik said. "I support how he's handling things."

Clearly, Wedge is setting a tone from the start with his new team and Zduriencik has no problem with that.

"I'm not going to point to any particular instance, but I do think that accountability is important, and what a manager expects and what he gets from his players is important," Zduriencik said.

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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