Jack Wilson's career with the Tennessee Diamond Jaxx was limited to one game, and he returned to Safeco Field not to play but to be re-evaluated.
He didn't come back happy. The hamstring issue that landed him on the disabled list retroactive to May 6 kept him from playing in Class AA, and his injuries in Seattle have worn on him.
“I worked hard all off season to get ready. It didn’t do much good. I stretch now more than ever – there’s nothing more I can do," Wilson said of his right hammy. "Some days it’s going to be good, some days it’s going to be tight.
“Is this the way it’s going to be the rest of my career, and if so how long is my career going to last?" he asked. "I have bad hamstrings. If I have to walk away, so be it."
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Wilson missed the last last 17 games of the 2009 season with a bruised heel, and now has missed most of May. It's beyond discouraging, he said.
"It’s no fun being on the DL as much as I have been here. I’ve played maybe a fifth of the games. It eats at you," he said.
How soon will he suit up again as a Mariner?
"I have no clue. You’ll have to ask the trainers. I feel I’m close, but it’s up to them," he said.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said Wilson will stay with the team the next few days, then could go to Tacoma to restart his rehabilitatation assignmen
With Tennessee, Wilson played only one game, bothered by stiffness and discomfort when he tried to run hard.
"I felt it pull on my first at-bat and when I broke out of the box," Wilson said.