Triunfel happy, but downplays first hit

Triunfel happy, but downplays first hit

Triunfel happy, but downplays first hit
ARLINGTON -- Mariners rookie shortstop Carlos Triunfel got his first Major League hit with a double in the ninth inning of Thursday's 8-3 loss in Toronto, but the 22-year-old didn't make too big a deal of the moment.

"I felt happy to get that first hit," he said Friday, with bullpen coach Jaime Navarro acting as his interpreter. "I'm glad it's out of the way, and now I want to get ready for the next one."

The hit came in Triunfel's third Major League at-bat since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma in September. He struck out in a pinch-hit appearance earlier in the week, then grounded out in his first at-bat Thursday after replacing Brendan Ryan in the seventh inning of an 8-3 loss.

The young prospect saved the ball and said he'll give it to his father back home in the Dominican. But otherwise, he figures it's an event that he will pass as fast as his career allows.

"I just wanted the opportunity to be out there and get my first hit and then move on," Triunfel said. "It's not something I was especially thinking about. I just wanted to play good and get it done and get it out of the way and build on that."

Triunfel is behind Ryan and Munenori Kawasaki in the shortstop pecking order at the moment. Kawasaki got the start on Friday against Texas right-hander Yu Darvish. But manager Eric Wedge said he'll likely get Triunfel a start at some point in the final 2 1/2 weeks.

"I think we will," Wedge said. "We'll work off Ryan and Kawasaki when it's a good day to give them off or maybe not a good matchup for them. Right now, we feel the best matchup for tonight to help us win was Kawasaki. But I'm sure we'll get Carlos in there at some point in time."