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Addition of Wells creates left-field conundrum

Addition of Wells creates left-field conundrum

Addition of Wells creates left-field conundrum
SEATTLE -- With new Mariners outfielder Casper Wells getting the start in left Sunday against the Rays, skipper Eric Wedge said it's a possibility that outfielder Mike Carp could be seeing time at first base.

Carp, who was called up from Triple-A Tacoma for a second time on July 17, has played in left field and served as designated hitter while with the Mariners.

"He's been working over there," Wedge said. "I still see him primarily in left field and at designated hitter, but that's always a possibility. As long as he's playing, getting his at-bats."

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Chone Figgins has also appeared in two games in left field, and Wedge said there's still a possibility that Figgins plays in the outfield.

"I wouldn't say it eliminates it, because I like the thought of Figgy playing all over the place," Wedge said. "I've got him in there, swinging the bat a little better, a few walks, stealing a few bases. I'd like him to figure it out, and have a chance to play a little more. Obviously, with Wells, [Greg] Halman and Carp, it might limit him a little more in the outfield, but I wouldn't say it eliminates it."

And as for the rookie Halman, who has started 14 games in left field?

"He's going to have to fight for some time," Wedge said. "But we'll get him in when we can.  He needs to keep working. He's a good worker. He got off to a good start, but he's been struggling lately. That's part of being a young player. We'll have to juggle time. We want to continue to find out about guys."

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