Eric Wedge made what most of us suspected official this morning - Chone Figgins will not play for the Seattle Mariners again this season.
In fact, Figgins won't travel with the team on its final trip, staying behind and undergoing more tests on his ailing right hip. Figgins will end his second season in Seattle with a .188 batting average, and whether he is with the team next spring depends entirely on whether Jack Zduriencik can unload the $17 million remaining on his contract.
Z will try.
As Wedge was going through a small list of hurting Mariners - Brendan Ryan, Justin Smoak, Casper Wells - his temper flared, and he laid down an off-season challenge to his roster.
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"A lot of guys have to do a better job this off-season, doing whatever it takes to be able to play 150 games a season," Wedge said. "It's deeper than just conditioning. Whatever your limitations are, address it. I've got things I want guys to do.
"Look at Mike Carp this season. You think what he did last winterr made a difference for him?"
Carp, 25, lost weight and body fat and gained muscle last winter and came to camp looking like a different player. His success with Tacoma and in Seattle this season has likely cemented a spot on the 25-man roster for 2012.
For the record: Smoak is out with a strained groin, Wells is 'under the weather' and will have a doctor examine him again today, and Ryan (stiff neck) has been troubled with back spasms for most of the past week.