When Toronto bench coach Don Wakamatsu emerged from the clubhouse today, one of the first member of the Mariners to greet him was Eric Wedge.
They have much in common in the game, both have been hired, fired and found work again - and then there's this Seattle Mariners team. Both have managed it, although Wedge as only had nine games worth of amazement.
It was a amiable meeting of two baseball men, sharing a few thoughts and a couple of laughs before the Blue Jays-Mainers game. A year ago, Wakamatsu was still the toast of Seattle, with the endorsement of his front office and general manager.
Wedge and Wak both know the value of such endorsements.
In other quick news, Franklin Gutierrez has rejoined the team, though he hasn't come off the disabled list. He'll work out the next few days with the Mariners, then probably play some games with the Tacoma Rainiers to see where his physical skills are.
"He missed basically all of camp, and he's done a lot of work since," Wedge said. "Now we'll put our eyes on him here and see where we are."
Gutierrez said he lost more than 15 pounds with a stomach ailment, is now taking medication and able to eat regularly again.
In other news - Jack Wilson is back at second base. Here's the lineup:
Ichiro RFChone Figgins 3BMilton Bradley LFJack Cust DHJustin Smoak 1BMiguel Olivo CMichael Saunders CFBrendan Ryan, SSJack Wilson 2BFelix Hernandez P