Mike Carp has a new friend in Alex Liddi and a new enemy in Chone Figgins.
Carp sprained his shoulder diving for a ball last Wednesday in Japan and landed on the 15 day disabled list as a result. With Carp off the roster, the Mariners were left with little first base depth on the roster-- Dustin Ackley played 6 innings of first base last season after finishing out his college career at the position and John Jaso played 4 innings in 2010 eight years removed from starting a handful of games there in rookie ball. This opened up a spot for Liddi, who has gotten playing time at first throughout his career and was slated for even more chances this season. Liddi has officially made the 25-man roster at the expense of Carlos Peguero.
Liddi could be heading back to Tacoma once Carp returns, but he and Kyle Seager appear to have a golden opportunity. If Figgins gets the majority of the playing time in left field over Casper Wells (who doesn't seem to have the confidence of the team), most of the third base reps can go to Seager and Liddi. Figgins is fighting for his life as it is, so a good showing from them in Carp's absence could serve a heavy blow to Figgins' campaign to remain among the starting nine.
That's not to say that Figgins could be out of the lineup by mid-April. If manager Eric Wedge was willing to name Figgins an everyday player and leadoff man before a single Cactus League game was played, it's not unreasonable to think that Figgins has a pretty long leash. But a hot start from one or both of the young guys could get the wheels turning. Figgins needs to hit.