Figgins seeing some time at shortstop

Figgins seeing some time at shortstop

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Veteran infielder Chone Figgins has spent nearly all his time at third base in the first week of Mariners full-squad workouts, but manager Eric Wedge and infield coach Robby Thompson took him and newcomer Munenori Kawasaki to a back field after Thursday's practice to work on ground balls at shortstop.

With starter Brendan Ryan just beginning to throw as he returns from a shoulder issue suffered at the end of last season, the Mariners need to figure out all their options heading into four intrasquad games in the next six days before Cactus League action opens March 2.

"We're working Figgy at short," Wedge said. "He'll be working all over the place, but he looked good. He looked comfortable out there. He's played quite a few games at shortstop in his career in the big leagues, so I just want to get him back out there and get him some work.

"I definitely plan on playing him at shortstop some this spring. And we'll bounce Kawasaki around the infield. He's been working at second, short and third."

Figgins played 27 games at shortstop during his eight years with the Angels, the last coming in 2006.