Anyway, not a lot of news to report. Jason Bay is out for a few days with the tight right hamstring. Michael Morse is getting a “health day” to rest his strained quadriceps. Morse did some agility work with trainer Rick Griffin in the outfield to get him ready to go back out there.
“With Smoak being back here, we’ll be able to give guys some days when they need it,” Wedge said.
Wedge and GM Jack Zduriencik met for about 30 minutes pregame, obviously discussing what Zduriencik saw watching the Rainiers the past few days. One of the people they discussed was Franklin Gutierrez, who is eligible to come of the 60-day disabled list on Saturday.
“Jack saw him last night and said he looked really good,” Wedge said. “I know Gut says he feels normal so that’s a good sign. And the reports are good on him.”
The other obvious topic was Dustin Ackley and his adjustment to the outfield. Zduriencik saw Ackley play one game in left field and one game in center field.
“Jack said he looked really good in left field, but didn’t really have any balls hit to him in center field,” Wedge said. “But that he’s been ok in center field. And he’s swinging the bat, he’s up there ready to hit. He’s doing what he needs to do down there, but we need to give him a little more time.”
Time for what?
“I want him to see a little more time in the outfield in general, whether it be left field or center field,” Wedge said. “Either way, I think it works well. The reps in center field would be a concern right now. We want to make sure he can do that. And I want to make sure what he’s doing up there at home plate mentally is really as well.”