SEATTLE -- With the departure of Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma following Monday's game against the Yankees, recently recalled Mike Carp will assume the role of the everyday first baseman, said Mariners manager Eric Wedge.
Carp mostly played left field before two stints on the disabled list, but worked solely at first base while rehabbing his most recent shoulder injury while in Tacoma. On days that Carp is the designated hitter or out of the starting lineup, Wedge said he will also use second baseman Dustin Ackley at first.
Meanwhile, catchers John Jaso and Jesus Montero continue to take ground balls at first during practice. Jaso has played one career game at first, while Montero has only played behind the plate. Wedge said he is uncertain if he'll put Montero in at first during a game situation this season, but likes him taking grounders at both first and third during batting practice.
"I like ... the actions and the athleticism, I think it's a good thing," Wedge said. "Whether you take balls at short or second or whatever, you get on the left side of the infield or up the middle, even if you're messing around, I think it's good for your athleticism, I think it's good for your hands."