Jaso to get time against southpaws

Jaso to get time against southpaws

SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge has platooned left-handed-hitting catcher John Jaso almost exclusively against right-handed pitchers this season. But with Jaso leading the Mariners in hitting at .272 and proving to be a clutch bat in a lineup searching for solutions, Wedge said Jaso will get some playing time in the next four games even when Seattle faces four straight southpaw starters.

Jaso is hitting .048 (1-for-21) against lefties, while he's hitting .313 (36-for-115) against right-handers this season.

There is a reason Wedge has worked to put Jaso in situations where he can succeed against right-handers, as his career numbers are .158 with a .515 OPS against lefties and .265 with a .759 OPS against righties.

But given Jaso's performance this season, Wedge will find some playing time for him against southpaws Matt Harrison of Texas and Jonathan Sanchez, Everett Teaford and Bruce Chen of Kansas City.

"We'll try," Wedge said. "He's a good hitter. He hasn't had much of an opportunity against lefties. But when you talk about the way he approaches the ball, I think it's safe to say he won't be sitting for all those games. You will see him play."