Beltre back on the disabled list
Josh Wilson called up to play short as Jack Wilson also hurt
SEATTLE -- Turns out the Mariners' 14-inning marathon against the White Sox on Wednesday did more than just tire out the teams' bullpens.The game also claimed the left side of the Mariners infield to injuries, as Jack Wilson exited with a hamstring problem and, on Thursday, it was revealed that third baseman Adrian Beltre suffered a contusion to his right testicle, landing him back on the disabled list. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu had trouble holding back a grin as he answered questions about Beltre's not-so-funny misfortune. Somehow, Beltre finished the game after the injury occurred on a hard ground ball in the ninth inning. But he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, the Mariners choosing to activate Josh Wilson from Triple-A Tacoma to fill his spot on the roster. Josh Wilson started at shortstop on Thursday, with Jack Hannahan starting in Beltre's place at third. Beltre could miss 10 days or more, Wakamatsu said, depending on whether surgery is required. There's bleeding in the testicle and, if surgery is required, it would have to occur within 72 hours of the injury and could leave the third baseman sidelined for at least a month. And, no, he wasn't wearing a cup. "He's awfully tough," Wakamatsu said, asked how Beltre could possibly play through an injury like that. "I couldn't even imagine. There were plenty of jokes going around. When he dove back into first base [in the 14th] he felt it again, and then when he tackled Podsednik at third base, I think he felt it again." Beltre tagged out Scott Podsednik on a pickoff throw from catcher Rob Johnson in the 10th inning on Wednesday.
Beltre had been on the disabled list until nine games ago following surgery on his left shoulder. He came back hot, batting .390 (16-for-41) since his return and still riding an eight-game hitting streak.
Jack Wilson's hamstring issue didn't draw as much laughter from the assembled media. It's an aggravation of an old injury, Wakamatsu said, a Grade 1 tear of the hamstring where it attaches to the top of his left leg. He's day-to-day."We might be able to keep him active," Wakamatsu said. "We'll make a decision probably on him closer to game time. He's really day-to-day with that, and probably will have to miss a couple days at least before he would even be in an emergency role." Josh Wilson and Hannahan are now the only available players the Mariners have who can play the left side of the infield.
Christian Caple is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.