Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has returned home to Japan for personal reasons, but Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he expects him to return on Saturday and not miss his scheduled Monday start.
Carlos Peguero continues to start in right field since Ichiro Suzuki -- who manned the position for more than 11 seasons for the Mariners -- was traded on Monday. Wedge said Peguero can play either right or left field, while Casper Wells, who has become the regular left fielder, can play any outfield position.
"Right now, it just seems to make sense," Wedge said of keeping Peguero in right. "Over his career, I think he's played out there more than anywhere else."