SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Friday that the club will rework its rotation in the final 3 1/2 weeks of the season, with right-handers Erasmo Ramirez and Hector Noesi "getting a couple of starts" after being added as September callups. Both Ramirez and Noesi started games earlier this season before being sent down to Triple-A Tacoma. Wedge declined to get into specifics since pitching coach Carl Willis was still in the process of talking to all the pitchers involved, but he did say Felix Hernandez would remain on his normal schedule and that the changes would likely start going into motion during next week's road trip to Toronto and Texas.
After saying Hernandez would stay in his normal rotation, Wedge was asked about Japanese rookie Hisashi Iwakuma, who starts Saturday against the A's and has been very strong in his last nine outings. "I don't want to go down that road with everybody," Wedge said. "It's going to change a little bit. We want to make sure we accomplish what we want to accomplish here and give ourselves the best chance to win. Of course Iwakuma will continue to start, but there'll be times when everybody maybe gets a little more time." Wedge said he wasn't looking at a six-man rotation, but that schedule would be outlined shortly. "We've got a plan together, and Carl is in the process of relaying what he needs to to everybody," he said. "It's always subject to change and we want to stay flexible with it, that's why we don't want to just lay it out the rest of the way through. We want to keep our options open and make sure everybody knows when they're going to pitch."