Mariners manager Eric Wedge told Chone Figgins Friday that he has lost his place in the Mariners lineup, and will ride the bench as a utility player. Wedge met with Figgins before the game Friday at Safeco Field. Hitting .189, Figgins has struck out 28 times in 95 at-bats. In the last seven games, Figgins hit .043.
“I talked to Figgy today and I told him we’re going to change his role,” Wedge told reporters. “He’s going to be in more of a utility role for us now. So, I had a good conversation with Chone earlier today before we posted the lineup and he was a total pro about it.
“He understood. I felt like this was the time we needed to do it. I wanted to give it as long as I felt like I could to try to get him going. It just wasn’t happening to the point where I felt like it should.”
Dustin Ackley has moved up from No. 2 to the leadoff spot in the order. Alex Liddi is batting second Friday.
“I’d love for Brendan Ryan to get going and get him back up there,” Wedge said. “We might have to do that anyway.”
Figgins will still get playing time, but only to give rest to the full-timers at various positions.