Mariners manager Eric Wedge said the team is in no hurry to call David Aardsma back up to the majors after the closer experienced another shaky Class AAA outing on Tuesday.
DETROIT — Mariners manager Eric Wedge said the team is in no hurry to call David Aardsma back up to the majors after the closer experienced another shaky Class AAA outing on Tuesday.
“Again, I think he continues to settle in and feels good but still needs more repetition,” Wedge said.
Aardsma walked the first batter he faced, then gave up a run-scoring triple before settling down. He threw 21 pitches, 12 for strikes, in his fourth injury-rehabilitation outing with AAA Tacoma.
Wedge said the fact Aardsma was able to pitch out of trouble was a positive sign.
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“We just need to … give him the time that he needs to just get more comfortable being on the mound,” Wedge said.
The plan is for Aardsma to get a couple of days off, then get into another game. Wedge said he’ll keep doing that until Aardsma feels good again — the way he did before undergoing hip surgery last December.
• Miguel Olivo was back in at the cleanup spot on Wednesday after becoming the first Mariners player this season to have two extra-base hits in a game the night before.
Olivo entered Wednesday’s game batting just .185 despite a number of hard-hit balls. He had three more hits, giving him five in the first two games in Detroit. He entered the series with just 10 hits all season.
The six extra-base hits by the Mariners on Tuesday were their most in a game since last August.
• Justin Smoak extended his hitting streak to nine games with a three-run homer in the first inning. The blast gave Smoak the team lead for home runs with four.
• Mariners reliever David Pauley has thrown 7-1/3 consecutive scoreless innings after two more against the Tigers on Tuesday. Pauley has allowed one earned run in 14-1/3 innings this season, and opponents are hitting just .111 off him.
For the record:
W-L: 10-15 W PCT: .400
vs. AL West: 4-6
vs. L.A.: 0-0
vs. Oakland: 4-3
vs. Texas: 0-3
vs. AL East: 2-1
vs. AL Cent: 4-8
vs. NL: 0-0
vs. LHP: 5-5
vs. RHP: 5-10
Extra inngs.: 0-0
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