BOSTON -- Kyle Seager moved over to second base on Monday, as manager Eric Wedge gave Dustin Ackley a day at designated hitter. Besides watching Seager excel the plate this season, Wedge continues to be pleased with Seager's defensive improvement and flexibility.
"He's played a good third base for us," Wedge said. "He's more familiar with second and had a heck of a game over there the other day. To be able to play him at either place and be able to feel good about him defensively, there is a lot of value with that."
With Ackley entrenched at second, Seager will continue getting most of his time at the hot corner. Where exactly Seager projects in the batting order figures to be the bigger question. Over his past 16 games, Seager has hit .333 with five doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs, and he's been Seattle's top run producer with 20 RBIs for the season while batting fifth or sixth for the most part.
"I think he could potentially be a two-hole guy. He could be a three-hole guy," Wedge said. "But no different than a lot of our guys, they're so young we need to let them keep hitting and gaining experience."
Wedge had Casper Wells batting second for the second straight day Monday, primarily because he wants a right-hander to break up the left-handed Dustin Ackley and Ichiro Suzuki in the first and third spots.
"You look across the league and nobody is going left, left, left to start off a ballgame," Wedge said. "It's not that you're against doing it, but you're putting yourself in a tough position late in a ballgame from a match-up standpoint."