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Mariners still undecided on September callups

Mariners still undecided on September callups

Mariners still undecided on September callups

SEATTLE -- Major League clubs will be allowed to expand their rosters with September callups from the Minors in a week, but Mariners manager Eric Wedge said discussions are still underway as to how many players Seattle will add to its 25-man roster.

"We have had some meetings, but we haven't pinned anything down," Wedge said Saturday. "There are a couple guys we know are going to come up for sure, but there are some question marks beyond that. I don't want to get into that mode just yet. But we have had a couple meetings and we've got time to talk a little more."

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Wedge did acknowledge that playing time will get even more crowded in some situations, including the outfield, where Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, Raul Ibanez, Michael Morse and Endy Chavez are already splitting time.

"I told them yesterday, it's only going to get more difficult as we get into September and start calling guys up," Wedge said. "We're going to put the best lineup out there that allows us to win the ballgame. And we've got some priorities with different guys that we feel we need to stick with.

"If you're in the lineup, you have to be out there ready to go. If you're not in the lineup, you need to be ready in case we need you in the middle of the game. It's as simple as that. If I look down and I don't feel like you're ready, then that tells me you don't want to play for a couple days. And that's fine, too. You decide how you want to handle it."

Several veterans in Tacoma are potential callups, with catcher Jesus Sucre, infielder Carlos Triunfel, outfielders Carlos Peguero and Franklin Gutierrez and pitchers Tom Wilhelmsen, Blake Beavan, Bobby LaFromboise and Hector Noesi all players who've been with the Mariners at some point this season.

Or the club could look to give a little experience to young prospects, such as outfielders Stefen Romero and Abraham Almonte or pitchers Taijuan Walker, James Paxton or Logan Bawcom. But none of those decisions need to be made yet. Tacoma doesn't end its season until Sept. 2 and most players likely will come up after that, unless the Rainiers win their Pacific Coast League division and make the playoffs. They're currently four games out of first place with 10 games to go.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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