The decision made, Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan and second baseman Jack Wilson have eight days of games to play before the start of the regular season.
They'll use them all.
"It's an adjustment, and I'll probably play in some minor league games or intrasquad games just to get on the field more," Wilson said. "I'm a shortstop, my insides believe that. I haven't done my part here. "
The last time he played second?
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"It was 1997," he said.
Ryan clearly didn't want to seem too happy with the decision.
"Jack is a guy I look u p to, and the way I see it we have a shortstop on each side of the bag now," Ryan said. "My goal coming into camp was to win a starting job, whether it was shortstop, second base or head cheerleader. I just want to play."
Manager Eric Wedge made the call, and told the players invovled, before the team took the field this morning. His reasoning, he said, was simple - this was the duo that best served the team. Both Wilson and Ryan had been waiting for it.
"I thought it was 50-50," Wilson said.
The two will play together much of the last week of spring training, getting their timing and communication down on double plays, pickoffs and the like. By opening day, both say, they should be ready.