Carp could be moved to first after rehab

Carp could be moved to first after rehab

Carp could be moved to first after rehab
SEATTLE -- Mariners left fielder Mike Carp put on a pretty good show in early batting practice Tuesday and then met with manager Eric Wedge and general manager Jack Zduriencik to talk about his future as he comes back from a second stint on the disabled list with a sprained shoulder.

As a result, it appears the next step will be to convert Carp back into the first-base role he had much of his career coming up with the Mets and then with the Mariners when they acquired him before the 2009 season.

Wedge said Carp would go out on a Minor League injury rehab stint in the next few days, even though he's yet to start throwing. He'll be used as a designated hitter initially and then at first base when he can work that in.

Carp was one of the Mariners' breakthrough players last year when he hit .276 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs in 79 games after spending most of the first half at Triple-A Tacoma. But he sprained his right shoulder diving for a ball in the season opener in Tokyo this April and hit just .157 in 32 games after trying to come back.

"I want him to be healthy, I want to see him hit and I want to be able to evaluate him and look at him and get him back here," Wedge said. "So right now, we're just going to focus on first base for him. We tried to do it the first time in the outfield, it didn't work. It affected his swing.

"Nothing has really changed outside of him getting stronger. But he was stronger the first time coming back, too, and he wore himself down. To get him back and keep him back, we're going to start him at first base at least for a while and go from there."