SEATTLE -- Mariners September callup Matt Tuiasosopo won't get the chance to compete in a pennant race at the Major League level this season, though he did get his share of playoff fever playing at Triple-A Tacoma.
Tuiasosopo, who joined the Mariners on Tuesday for the beginning of their three-game series against the White Sox at Safeco Field, was with the Rainiers when they clawed back from a 7 1/2-game deficit late in the season to force a one-game playoff, which they won to advance to the postseason.
The heated race made it easier for Tuiasosopo to focus on the task at hand, instead of thinking about when he would be called back up to the big club. Tuiasosopo started the season on the Mariners' 25-man roster, but was sent back to Tacoma in April without having played a game with the Mariners.
"We all knew that if we were in the running, all of us would be here in the playoffs, because we know how important that it was," Tuiasosopo said. "The organization thinks it's important winning in the Minor Leagues, so we knew that we were going to be around and we just wanted to keep winning. We wanted to see if we could get that ring. That was important to all of us in that room there."
Now that Tacoma has been eliminated from the Triple-A postseason, Tuiasosopo's hoping to get his first big league action of the season. Tuiasosopo, who can play second or third base, made his Major League debut last year for the Mariners, appearing in 14 games while hitting .169 in 44 at-bats.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said he isn't sure how Tuiasosopo will be used.
"I'd like to get all those guys in at some point, and get them as much time as they possibly can," Wakamatsu said. "But as we go forward, we're still trying to win every game. It's hard to just sit there and go, 'Oh, he's going to start,' because I've got to sit somebody else. For me, it's good to get him back up here working, doing some of the drill stuff we're doing, and he gives us an opportunity to play a couple different positions, too."
Christian Caple is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.