Wakamatsu said Tuesday the struggling team has discussed putting the nine-time All-Star into a more run-producing role. But he says removing Seattle's most consistent hitter from his comfort spot risks changing him as a hitter.
Wakamatsu also says he will continue to keep Chone Figgins batting second. Figgins was hitting .195 entering the opener of a series against Detroit.
The Mariners were 5-16 and had scored three runs or fewer 13 times this month entering Tuesday.
They had scored two runs in 21 innings since a startling, 15-run outburst Friday against San Diego.