There's no doubt Dustin Ackley is part of the Seattle Mariners future, which doesn't mean he plays every day in the present - and today is one of those days he won't start.
The reason almost certainly is left-hander Matt Harrison, today's Texas Rangers starting pitcher.
"That matchup is probably the biggest reason," Ackley said of sitting. "I haven't had much success against him. I think he's one of the more underrated pitchers in the league. He sits mid 90's, has good command, good off-speed stuff."
Coming off a home stand in which he went 3-for-22, Ackley didn't figure to get better against a pitcher against whom he's gone 0-for-15 with a walk. That doesn't mean he wanted to sit.
"Nobody likes sitting unless you're tired or its September," Ackley said. "You can't help the team from the bench, and you sit their thinking how you might help if you were playing. "
Would he ever walk into manager Eric Wedge's office to discuss sitting?
"If I were confused, I might go in and ask a questsion," Ackley said. "I felt great yesterday. I had good at-bats, but didn't get a hit. Against Harrison, I may have had a few hard-hit balls that didn't fall, but that's about it."