According to the Seattle Times' Geoff Baker, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu has told first baseman Casey Kotchman he can get used to the bench and Chone Figgins will be batting ninth for the near future.
Kotchman will ride the pine in favor of Matt Carp, who had 10 homers and 31 RBI for Triple-A Tacoma.
"Right now, we're going to give him an opportunity to play,'' Wakamatsu told Baker of Carp. "I brought Casey in and we talked. It gives Casey a chance to maybe work on some things and continue to try to get his swing to where he feels comfortable with it. But right now, we're giving Carp an opportunity to play."
Figgins has had a chance, but hasn't lived up to his 4-year, $36 million contract, hitting .220 with a .331 OBP heading into Monday night's game against at Texas.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans