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The Seattle outfield has taken on a whole different look in the last two days.

On Monday, the Mariners traded iconic right fielder Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees.

Later that day, Carlos Peguero started in right field.

On Tuesday, the Mariners added two outfielders to the roster, although only one of them will be an outfielder in the short term.

Trayvon Robinson, called up from Class AAA Tacoma, will be a backup outfielder and pinch-runner.

Mike Carp, who started the season as the left fielder, was activated off the disabled list, but he will only play first base because the Mariners want to make sure that he doesn't hurt his right shoulder again. He's already had two stints on the disabled list this year, and club officials would like to see as much of him at the plate as they can.

Manager Eric Wedge said he would mix and match in the outfield for the time being, and that process will accelerate once Franklin Gutierrez comes off the disabled list. For the moment, Peguero will play most of the time in right, Michael Saunders will continue to play in center, and Casper Wells, whose long-term future is as a right fielder, will continue to play in left.

Carp will get the majority of the work at first base with Justin Smoak having been sent to the minors after Monday's game. Dustin Ackley and John Jaso could play at first base as well.

Saunders homered Tuesday in the Mariners' 4-2 win over the Yankees.