Peguero gets start in right field

Peguero gets start in right field

OAKLAND -- Carlos Peguero started in right field for the Mariners on Friday in his first game after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, but manager Eric Wedge said future playing time after the All-Star break will depend on how things go on a lot of different fronts.

Peguero provides some big power potential, having hit six home runs in his last five games in Tacoma, but has had a high strikeout rate in his career and batted just .196 last year in 46 games as a rookie.

"We'll try to get him in there as much as we can," Wedge said. "He'd really turned it on down there the last 3-4 weeks. I'd like to take a good look at him if we can. At some point in time, we're going to have some numbers issues. You can only play so many. But right now we should have an opportunity to play him for a few days."

Wedge noted that center fielder Franklin Gutierrez should return from his concussion issues at some point after the All-Star break and Mike Carp is on a rehab stint in Tacoma as he recovers from a shoulder issue. With Casper Wells, Michael Saunders and Ichiro Suzuki also in the outfield picture, things could get crowded.

"We'll just see how it plays out before we make any bold statements, but he deserves to be up here," Wedge said.

Peguero, 25, said he's worked hard at being a more patient hitter and is ready to show his progress.

"There's a lot of difference [from a year ago] because in my mind now I feel really, really good and ready to go," Peguero said. "I'm just ready for the opportunity. Last year was something of a surprise for me, but now I feel like I'm good and really ready to be here."