SEATTLE -- It's amazing how quickly things can change depending on circumstances, which Mariners outfielder Casper Wells discovered since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on June 13.
Wells had been sent down to Tacoma because he wasn't getting much of a chance to play, but since his recall he's become an integral part of the outfield rotation while hitting .394 (13-for-33) in 11 games. With Franklin Gutierrez going on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, he'll get even more of an opportunity.
Wells scored the winning run in Thursday's 1-0 victory over the Red Sox and also made two excellent catches in left field to help Felix Hernandez nail down his shutout. With Gutierrez going on the DL and Michael Saunders sidelined Friday by illness, Wells was in center field in Friday's rematch with the Red Sox.
"It's a great example of why you do send people down, to really go down there and get after it and come back and be better," manager Eric Wedge said. "That's what he did. I'd heard he spent a ton of time in the cage down there and was working to be better, and he's had an opportunity to come back up here and play a little more. And now we're going to continue to do that."
Wells played a lot of center field while coming up in the Tigers' system, so he's not worried about transitioning there now as needed.
"It just means you're running around a little more, but the ball stays truer," he said. "You have to make sure your routes are right so the ball doesn't take off on you, but I'll take some reps there in batting practice and I'll be fine."
Wells was still soaking up his part in Thursday's win after scoring the lone run after doubling with one out in the ninth and then coming home on John Jaso's base hit. He slid around the tag attempt by Boston's Jarrod Saltalamacchia and then slapped home plate as the ball rolled out of the catcher's glove.
"I saw where he was headed and the direction the ball was going, so I tried getting to the outside," Wells said. "As his glove made contact with my face, I saw the ball trickle away and I knew all I had to do was smack the plate and we'd won."
Is there a better feeling in baseball?
"Maybe hitting a walk-off home run to win the World Series," Wells said with a laugh, "but as far as a regular game is concerned, that doesn't get to happen too often. That was pretty cool."