SEATTLE -- For much of the season, Jack Wilson has been something of a forgotten man on the Mariners bench. But with Brendan Ryan on the 15-day disabled list with a problematic left shoulder, the veteran infielder is flashing his abilities at shortstop.
Wilson, 33, had just 11 at-bats in five games in July, but with both Ryan and Chone Figgins out, he's hit .352 (12-for-34) in August and has been strong with the glove.
"You can't replace Brendan, but while he's gone, I'll just go out and have fun and throw the ball around and dive around," said Wilson, who made an outstanding full-extension stop of a line drive by Boston's Dustin Pedroia in Sunday's 5-3 win. "It's nice to be able to get in there and contribute a little bit."
Wilson got his 11th start of the season at shortstop in Monday night's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays. He's also started 39 games at second base and one at third this year after coming into this season having never played anywhere but shortstop in his 10-year Major League career.
So, no, going back to shortstop hasn't been a problem.
"Maybe the first game back is kind of like, that's really far," Wilson said, pretending to peer across the diamond. "But I was out there a couple of times before Brendan got hurt. It's like riding a bike. It just falls back into place. It's comfortable. That's a nice feeling, being comfortable."
Manager Eric Wedge appreciates what Wilson has offered after what he knows has been a difficult season for the veteran.
"He's very athletic," Wedge said. "That was a great play [on Pedroia's line drive]. When he has been in there, he plays a real good shortstop, or wherever he's played for us, second or third. He fights through at-bats, too. He gets some big knocks and has hit his fair share of doubles. He's playing good baseball."