SEATTLE -- Nick Franklin was out of the Mariners lineup for the second consecutive night on Friday, nursing a sore right knee. Manager Eric Wedge said that the situation wasn't serious, and that the rookie second baseman could be used in a pinch-hit situation.
"As long as pregame goes OK, he'll be available today," Wedge said. "And we'll hopefully get him back in here in a couple days before the break."
The 22-year old has been a revelation for the Mariners, recording a hit in 26 of 28 starts since getting his big league callup on May 27. Franklin was named to Baseball America's Midseason All-Rookie Team for hitting .275 with six home runs and 10 doubles.
Franklin left Wednesday's game against Boston when he felt soreness in his knee. It was originally bruised on July 5 against Cincinnati.
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less