ARLINGTON -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Brendan Ryan remains his starting shortstop, but he clearly wasn't happy about how the veteran infielder played in Monday's 11-5 loss to the Rangers and was sitting him out of Tuesday's game as a result.
"Sometimes you have to watch a game instead of play and this is one of those days for Mr. Ryan," Wedge said after replacing Ryan with Munenori Kawasaki, an eight-time Japanese All-Star in his first season with Seattle.
"When I talk about certain things that need to happen this year -- and there are conversations that have been had -- there's a level of accountability and responsibility that everybody has," Wedge said. "It's no more or less than that. I'm not going to dive in to details on it. I'll leave it at that."
Wedge said Ryan, 30, would be back in the lineup on Wednesday. He also indicated it wasn't just about one defensive play in the first inning Monday when Ryan threw wide of first base on a potential double-play ball that would have allowed Hector Noesi out of the first with a 4-0 lead. Instead, the Rangers scored twice to cut the lead to 4-2 and eventually stormed from behind.
Did he have a sit-down conversation with Ryan as to the message being sent?
"I think it's inferred," Wedge said.
As for Kawasaki, he's given the manager a ready alternative after a strong spring in which he hit .455. He's 2-for-7 in the past two games as well, filling in for Ryan on Saturday when the shortstop had a sore neck and playing second base on Monday after Jesus Montero sat out because of illness and Dustin Ackley moved to designated hitter.
"I like the way he's playing and the at-bats he's putting up," Wedge said. "Obviously he brings a lot of energy for our ballclub. So I've got him in there. I've said before, Brendan Ryan is our starting shortstop. But every once in a while you've got to watch a game."