June 21, 2010 in Sports

M’s to use both Wilsons

Kirby Arnold Everett Herald
 
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Mariners shortstop Josh Wilson has earned his playing time with solid defense and productive offense.
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Amid a flurry of roster moves and minor league rehab stints Sunday, the Mariners went back to life with two Wilsons on their roster. They activated shortstop Jack Wilson from the disabled list, where he’d been since May 6 because of a strained right hamstring.

While the Mariners got back their opening-day shortstop in Jack Wilson, they also faced the dilemma of how to keep his replacement the past six weeks, Josh Wilson, as effective as he’s been.

Josh Wilson had started most of the games at shortstop and delivered not only quality defense, but a much-needed dose of hitting with a .289 average.

Manager Don Wakamatsu said Jack Wilson would get plenty of playing time, but he also said Josh Wilson would be much more than a bench player.

“It’s a tough decision, but what we’ll look at are the matchups and how (Jack Wilson’s) legs respond to playing,” Wakamatsu said. “But we plan on getting him in there.”

Because Josh Wilson can play all four infield positions, Wakamatsu hopes to rotate him into the lineup to give regulars days off, but he also likes the versatility he brings off the bench.

“He gives us some versatility,” Wakamatsu said. “We’re going to look at every game and try to put the best team on the field. We’ll make that decision (based) on the matchups.”

To make roster room for Jack Wilson, the Mariners optioned backup infielder Matt Tuiasosopo to Class AAA Tacoma.

Tuiasosopo, who batted .167 in 24 games, will play third base and left field for the Rainiers, Wakamatsu said.


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