Notes: Reed to fight through slump
He won't overhaul swing, despite career-worst struggle
CHICAGO -- Stuck in the worst slump of his short career, Jeremy Reed has resisted the temptation to entirely overhaul his left-handed swing and simply start over from scratch.
Gutting his swing won't remedy anything, according to Reed, who hasn't had a hit in 21 at-bats and took an overall .188 average into Wednesday's game against the White Sox.
What needs to be fixed, he said, is twofold: His approach at the plate and his confidence.
"The biggest thing for me is trying to stay positive and try to focus on swinging at the good pitches," Reed said. "Breaking down my swing? I'm not going to do that. Right now, I'm getting myself out. That's the bottom line. If I swing at better pitches, I'll be fine."
Reed -- who wasn't in the lineup Wednesday and hasn't started since Seattle's victory in Baltimore on Sunday -- has been his own worst enemy at times. First he slumped, then Reed started pressing, and now he's trying to regain his patience.
"It's the desire ... sometimes overdoing it," he said. "Sometimes you have to let things come to you. As everyone says you can't get more than one hit an at-bat. You have to be patient with it."
The Mariners hope that Reed's bat will come around. If history is any indication, it will.
In the Minor Leagues, Reed always hit and, in 2003, hit .409 in 242 at-bats at Double-A Birmingham. He just needs a few hits to get him going, according to Mariners manager Mike Hargrove.
"Once he gets a couple hits and some confidence, he'll be fine," Hargrove said. "But it's almost a Catch-22. To settle in and have confidence you have to get a couple of hits. But to get a couple of hits, you have to settle down."
Not Green anymore: Sean Green didn't mind the wait. He said that it was well worth it.
Green, 27, made his Major League debut on Tuesday against Minneapolis, three days after being promoted from Triple-A Tacoma.
He didn't exactly get a soft landing for his debut, either.
Green entered the game in the ninth inning in relief of George Sherrill with runners on first and third and just one out, with Seattle trailing, 4-1.
Green got Torii Hunter to ground out to third baseman Adrian Beltre, which scored a run, and then struck out Lew Ford to end the inning.
"It was pretty intense," Green said. "I was really nervous."
Hargrove sensed as much, and he probably would have been worried if Green didn't have butterflies.
"I'd be more surprised if he wasn't nervous," Hargrove said. "You try to calm them down as much as you can but they know it's their first time."
Borchard claimed: Outfielder Joe Borchard, whose Mariners career consisted of nine at-bats, was claimed off waivers by the Florida Marlins on Wednesday.
The Mariners had designated Borchard for assignment April 23 and had 10 days to trade, release or send him to Tacoma unless someone claimed him.
"We would have liked to have kept him in the organization," Mariners associate general manager Lee Pelekoudas said. "When you designate a player you have limited options. Based on the conversations we had with clubs, we knew it would be tough to get him through."
Borchard, 27, appeared in six games with Seattle this season, including making two starts in center field. He hit .222 (2-for-9).
Borchard was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for left-handed pitcher Matt Thornton on March 20.
Mariners log: Former Mariners reliever Jeff Nelson, 39, signed a Minor League contract with the White Sox on Tuesday and will report to the team's extended Spring Training facility in Tucson. Nelson hasn't pitched since he was released by St. Louis in March. ... A final note on Joel Pineiro's complete-game victory on Monday in which he didn't strike out a batter or walk a batter. He became the first pitcher to throw a complete game with no strikeouts or walks since Pedro Astacio of the Los Angeles Dodgers did so on July 11, 1992. ... Jose Lopez went 0-for-3 on Tuesday, which snapped his career-best 10-game hitting streak. ... Raul Ibanez was in the lineup Wednesday after bruising his right thumb while diving for a Joe Maurer line drive in the first inning Tuesday.
On deck: The Mariners send Felix Hernandez (1-3, 5.06 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the final game of this two-game series against the White Sox at 11:05 a.m. PT. Chicago will counter with Jose Contreras (4-0, 1.45 ERA).
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.