Brendan Ryan starting shortstop today … and beyond?

One of the questions hanging over the Mariners this spring has been who’ll be the starting shortstop and manager Eric Wedge appears to have answered that question Tuesday with newcomer Brendan Ryan getting the start today in a late-posted lineup to face the White Sox in a 1:05 p.m. start in Peoria.

Wedge has said he’d have a decision on the shortstop battle soon and the obvious clue came with the appearance of Ryan today in that spot, with reporters told we’ll be able to talk to Wedge before today’s morning workout instead of only after the afternoon game as has been his custom this spring.

Jack Wilson, who has played shortstop throughout his 10-year Major League career, will work at second base today and it’ll be interesting to hear what Wedge has to say about all this shortly.

Here’s today’s full lineup:

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Milton Bradley LF
Jack Cust DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
Michael Saunders CF
Jack Wilson 2B
Adam Moore C

Felix Hernandez RHP

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