SEATTLE -- Even as reserve Alex Liddi was in the midst of starting in four straight games, including a contest in which he hit his first-career grand slam, Mariners manager Eric Wedge cautioned that the young player was still growing.
The learning curve quickly became apparent, as Liddi has struggled since hitting a grand slam against Texas on May 23. In two games since, the rookie is 0-for-8 with six strikeouts.
"Sometimes I'm just swinging at bad pitches, it's not really my swing, just chasing out of the zone," Liddi said. "Just got to go back to the same approach and I'll be fine."
"It just reminds you of how tough it is up there," Wedge said. "I'm sure he's aware of it. What we've seen with Alex, and a few of the other guys, too, you can't expect to have success up here without making adjustments. If they keep getting you out a certain way, at some point in time, you have to take that away from them. Alex has not done a very good job with that the past couple days."
Liddi, who was not in the lineup for the Mariners' game against the Angels on Saturday, has made himself a valuable asset by being able to play multiple positions. A natural third baseman, Liddi has also started two games in left field and is able to play first base.