SEATTLE -- The Mariners are still finding out exactly what they have with Trayvon Robinson, but one thing they've learned in recent days is the youngster can go get the ball in left field.
Robinson made excellent diving catches in Friday's and Saturday's games against the Twins, then launched himself high over the rail down the line to pull back a deep foul ball by Michael Brantley during Monday's 5-3 victory over the Indians.
"That was an outstanding play," said veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood, the beneficiary of Monday's grab. "I wasn't even thinking he was going to try. It was one of those you're just not going to see every day. It was pretty special. Ever since he's been up here, he's done a great job at the plate and in left field. He's been a lot of fun to watch."
For Robinson, it's a pretty simple issue. He loves playing ball, he's relishing his opportunity and if a ball is hit his way, he's going for it. He said after Felix Hernandez's perfect game that he'd have run through a wall if needed to keep it going, then he nearly lived up to that Monday when he smacked hard into the rail pulling in Brantley's ball.
"I've got a glove on, so I've got to contribute," he said. "I'm not going to get a hit every at-bat. I'm not going to score a run every time. But whenever I get a chance to help the team win, I've got to take advantage."
His efforts have not gone unnoticed as manager Eric Wedge has used the switch-hitting Robinson extensively in left field recently against right-handed pitchers instead of Casper Wells.
"He's earned it," Wedge said. "Casper did a nice job for us for a while, but he's had his struggles of late. I'm still trying to get him in there against left-handers. But Trayvon has earned it. He's earned playing time and [Eric] Thames has earned playing time. And that's what we've been rolling with."