By C. Trent Rosecrans
The Mariners are calling up top prospect Dustin Ackley -- he will technically be recalled on Thursday and debut on Friday, as the Mariners have the day off on Thursday and start a weekend series with the Phillies on Friday.
Ackley, taken with the second overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, was hitting .303/.421/.487 at Triple-A Tacoma, slugging nine homers and driving in 35 in 66 games. He went 2 for 4 in the Rainers' 11-4 victory over Fresno on Wednesday and was pulled in the ninth inning.
"It's time to get him up here," Mariners manager Eric Wedge told reporters (via SeattlePI.com). "We sent him down in spring training so he could get some more experience at second base, some more ABs at the Triple-A level, and he's ready to be up here."
A second baseman, Ackley will likely play every day, meaning the likely end of Jack Wilson as Seattle's everyday second baseman. Wilson is hitting just .239/.266/.265 for Seattle and could draw interest from teams who need a defensive specialist at shortstop.
Ackley was an outfielder in college, but has been moved to second as a pro.
The Mariners optioned utility man Luis Rodriguez to make room for Ackley on the roster.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.