If everything was normal, it wouldnt be a problem. But there is a problem, because the Mariners are going to have to make do without closer David Aardsma for a month, probably longer, as the right-hander recovers from hip surgery.
Brandon League has generally been conceded the job of taking over for Aardsma, but when the Seattle media asked Wedge about that an hour or so before Wednesdays spring finale against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Wedge listed three names, not just one.
At one point Wedge said he and pitching coach Carl Willis hadnt settled on one guy. But off the record Wedge told friends in the baseball community over a week ago that League would in fact get the call.
Wedge may wait until Thursday afternoons workout in the Oakland Coliseum before making a call on the closer. He did say that one of the reasons he hadnt made the announcement was that he hadnt told the pitchers in question, and he was going to be sure to do that before making any decision public.
Wedge has one more big call between now and the opener. Hes got to settle on a starter in center field to replace Franklin Gutierrez, who is on the disabled list. Michael Saunders is the probable guy, but Ryan Langerhans had a terrific final week or so of the spring, and that may have vaulted him in front of Saunders.