Opportunity came knocking for Wladimir Balentien on Saturday, when the Mariners placed outfielder Endy Chavez on the DL and said Balentien was their left fielder.
With Chavez out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Balentien's 'shot' at full time play could be as short as four or five games.
After batting .202 in 243 at-bats last season - and not adjusting to the fact that he was striking out 79 times, most often on breaking pitches, the Mariners won't give Balentien the rest of the season.
If he wants to play beyond the next week, he'll have to earn the time. Batting .223 with one home run and six RBI in 112 at-bats?
That won't cut it.
Balentien needs to produce, and quickly, or his tenure as the regular left field will be a brief one.
Options? There are players in Tacoma - and Seattle - quite willing to take on left field. They include Mike Carp, Ronny Cedeno and a handful of young Class AAA outfielders.
No matter what you hear anywhere else, Balentien has not shown the Mariners coaching staff he can be the answer in left field - at the plate or in the grass.
If he doesn't seize this opportunity now, he may not get another.