Mariners manager Eric Wedge quickly walked down the hallway and stepped into his office, where general manager Jack Zduriencik and pitching coach Carl Willis were waiting for him.

It's not unusual for such meetings after games — in fact, it's fairly common — but the three men needed to talk. More to the point, they needed to discuss the future of Brandon Maurer, the 22-year-old pitcher who struggled once again in a 6-1 loss Tuesday to the San Diego Padres.

"It's fair to say we've got a lot to talk about after I get done talking to you guys," Wedge said, cracking a smile.