SEATTLE -- One of the few luxuries Mariners manager Eric Wedge has on a daily basis is a plethora of talented outfielders. The return of Franklin Gutierrez from the disabled list was expected to provide a boost, but Casper Wells' recent production has also been a somewhat surprising but welcome sight.
Since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on June 13, Wells is hitting .414 (12-for-29) with a home run and 10 RBIs. In Tuesday's 3-2 win over the A's, Wells started an eighth-inning rally with a single, stole second and scored the go-ahead run.
"I know he worked really hard down there in the short period of time he was at Triple-A," Wedge said. "I just think his approach is better, from a mental standpoint, I think he's seeing the ball better because he's a little bit slower with his leg kick. I think it's allowed his head to be a little more quiet and see the ball. When he does that, he gets the barrel to the ball a lot better because he's in better position when his foot does hit the ground.
"We're trying to play him a little bit more, give him more of an opportunity."