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Casper Wells Ready for Return to Seattle Mariners: A Fan’s Take
Casper Wells is finally healthy and could become a big part of the Seattle Mariners offense in 2012. As you may recall, Wells was in the face by a Brandon Morrow fastball last August, creating a situation where he was seeing double and could just get his mind right for the rest of the regular season. Wells would finish the 2011 season unable to play and suffering through double-vision.
According to MLB.com, Wells is now fully recovered and ready to go when the Mariners open up Spring Training. This is great news for the team, because the Mariners could definitely use some good news when it comes to the offense. Wells it the type of power hitter that has a lot to offer the Mariners from the right side of the plate and he could become an Opening Day starter depending upon what he can prove in March.
Before Wells got hit by that fastball, he was hitting .277 with an amazing OPS of .859. He was on a torrid home run streak of four straight games at Safeco Field where he had at least one. Most fans, unfortunately, will remember the 0-for-28 span that he went through after the injury though, dropping his batting average well below where it was. By the end of the season, he was hitting just .237 but couldn't even keep his balance and got taken out of the lineup. Now it appears that he has overcome the injury to his nervous system and is ready to bring his power stroke back to Safeco.
Wells is a wild card when it comes to the 2012 Mariners and nobody knows what he will offer the team. The possibility is there that he could split time between left field and designated hitter with Mike Carp, giving the team another good power hitter in the lineup. That is also contingent on how manager Eric Wedge decides to use Miguel Olivo and Jesus Montero and if one of those hitters will also get time at DH. This could become very bad news for Olivo, especially if the Mariners want to give Montero the full-time job at catcher.
Wells is a player to keep an eye on down in Peoria and hopefully he brings that sweet home run swing to Arizona in March.
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*Ryan is a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan who never misses an opportunity to attend a game at Safeco Field. He has been attending games since 1985, and has fond memories of The Kingdome, Edgar Martinez, and the historic 1995 team. Sodo Mojo!
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