Mariners contemplate shutting down Figgins

Mariners contemplate shutting down Figgins

Mariners contemplate shutting down Figgins
SEATTLE -- To return or not return, that is the question.

Manager Eric Wedge and third baseman Chone Figgins had a long talk on Friday about whether Figgins will return this season, and an announcement from Wedge should come in the next few days.

"He's going to really get after it in pregame, doing everything," Wedge said before Saturday's game against Texas. "We're going to know here in the next couple of days whether or not he can come back and play or if we're just going to shut him down."

Figgins hasn't played since Aug. 1 and was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the Sept. 4 game at Oakland. His hip flexor that he strained appears to be healing well, but it remains to be seen whether he'll play another game this season. He has played in 81 games and is batting .188.

Meanwhile, Justin Smoak is still day to day with a mild right groin strain, which is "getting better," Smoak said. He left in the third inning of Wednesday's 2-1 win over New York and missed Friday's 4-0 win over Texas.

"He is still pretty sore and still getting worked on," Wedge said. "We'll try again tomorrow."

Reliever Dan Cortes will miss the rest of the season after fracturing a bone in his right hand in an off-field incident on Thursday. He should be able to prepare for and play in winter ball as planned.