As expected, Mike Carp is in the lineup today batting eighth, which means Jack Cust will be on the bench today.
Is Cust one of those veteran hitters that Wedge was ticked about last night? It seems that way.
So how is Wedge going to work the playing time? There isn't some exact formula. He's going to find ways to use Carp, Halman and Carlos Peguero. Wedge met with all three separately today. All three will get time in the outfield, and all three could see time at DH.
"He said I’ll get a chance to play, get me in there as much as possible, play the outfield and DH," Carp said of his meeting with Wedge. "He’ll use me when he can. That’s all I’m going off of right now. I’m in there tonight, I’ll try to have some good at-bats and hopefully get in there tomorrow, too.”
Carp was excited about being back in the big leagues again. He had kind of knew what was going on when he was pinch hit for last night.
"He came up and said Langerhans is going to hit for you to lead off the inning and I’m pretty sure you know why," Carp said. "I’ll talk to you after the inning. That’s how it went.”
Prior to that, when he was racking up for the Rainiers, Carp wouldn't allow himself to get to caught up in who was being called up and who wasn't. It would have done him no good.
“I can’t control what happens up here, so I was just doing what I could down there and hoping I’d get a chance sooner or later," he said. "I’m excited to be here.”
Admittedly, it was tough to see Carlos Peguero, Mike Wilson and Greg Halman all get called up before him.
“It gets tough sometimes, but you have to understand it’s not your time yet," he said. "They called the other guys up for a reason. You’ll be up when you’re up. You control what you control. I talked to (Daren Brown) and (Alonzo Powell). I’ve been back and forth, sent down before. So I was just waiting my turn and here I am now."
But he earned this call up. So what exactly has been doing on this ridiculous hot streak?
"I don’t know," he said. "It’s just been one of those months where it’s been fun going to the yard every day, just trying to have good at-bats and put the barrel on the ball and good things will happen.”
But this goes back to the offseason. Carp is a different looking person and player. He decided that it was time to put in some conditioning in the offseason. He made a commitment to himself to be a better player by working all year round.
"I wanted to be in the big leagues," he said. "So I wanted to put myself in the best possible situation I could."
Carp changed his body. He lost about 20-25 pounds and added muscle to his frame.
“I went straight into the offseason after I missed last 10 games of the season when I hurt my foot," he said about working out. "I didn’t stop. I went home, started rehabbing and never stopped. I knew I’d be playing the outfield with Smoak coming in and I just really got healthy, changed my diet, my workout plan, more cardio, got healthy to play the outfield. It’s made a big difference with my swing and overall play. It’s been fun."
Carp feels more like an athlete.
“I feel a lot faster," he said laughing. "I don’t know if you saw those six stolen bags in Tacoma. Brownie gives you the green light, but you’d better make it. I made it six times, so it was fun.”
Much has been made about Carp's defense. But he isn't concerned as others might be.
"I’ve played out there a lot," he said. "Before I came over here I was almost a full-time outfielder with the Mets. I came back here, started playing first base the first year again. Then last year I got comfortable out there. I was excited when I got called up to get a chance to play in the outfield, but I ended up getting hurt and it kind of cost me a little bit. But I’ve been out there full time this year and played a little bit of right, too, so it’s been fun.”
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
4 Adam Kennedy (L) 2B
30 Miguel Olivo C
8 Carlos Peguero (L) LF
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
20 Mike Carp (L) DH
9 Chone Figgins (S) 3B
38 Jason vargas LHP
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1 Juan Pierre (L) LF
10 Alexei Ramirez SS
20 Carlos Quentin DH
14 Paul Konerko 1B
51 Alex Rios CF
18 Brent Lillibridge RF
27 Ramon Castro C
15 Gordon Beckham 2B
22 Brent Morel 3B
34 Gavin Floyd RHP