Mariners manager Eric Wedge has spent the past three seasons running interference for his continually-rebuilding often-losing ballclub.

He’s taken the shots deflected the heat and stood fast in his pledge that the team’s youth slimmed-down payrolls and last-place finishes would eventually lead somewhere better. But on Wednesday realizing he’s been left to fend for himself in the court of public opinion Wedge expressed frustration.

Wedge is disappointed at how the Mariners have remained silent about his contract status effectively rendering him a lame duck in his own clubhouse.

“It’s tough’’ Wedge said. “I feel like I’m hanging out there.’’

Wedge made the comments when reporters asked him about his status before the Mariners defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-0 at Safeco Field on Wednesday night. A crowd of 15347 saw Hisashi Iwakuma close out a stellar sophomore campaign by allowing just four hits over eight scoreless innings while Mike Zunino had a pair of homers and Michael Saunders added a solo blast.

Iwakuma finishes with a record of 14-6 a 2.66 earned-run average 2192 / 3 innings pitched and a scoreless-innings streak of 23.

But Wedge is finishing on a much more somber note. He said the team’s refusal to address his status is making things awkward with young players he and his staff are trying to have discussions with about their future in the organization.

“It is difficult’’ Wedge said. “We shouldn’t be in this situation. But you man up. You handle it. That’s what you do. When you’re leading men the men want to know who and what they’re being led by and if they’re going to be around tomorrow. So it does change the dynamic. But I knew that a long time ago. This has not just started. It’s been this way for quite a while and it gets to be in the way.’’

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is coming back in 2014 and said Tuesday he’ll speak with Wedge and his staff right at season’s end. He’ll then make his decision on what will happen with the manager’s job.

Sources within the organization have said there’s been internal concern expressed about the stroke Wedge suffered in late July causing him to miss a month in the dugout. Wedge said Wednesday that he feels great and his health should not be an issue at this stage.

“That would be unfair’’ he said. “Because it’s been very clear to me from all the doctors that I’m going to be 100 percent. I’m going to have to get into the offseason and then I’ll be fine.’’

As far as the team’s poor record just 70-89 this season and 212-271 since he took over in 2011 he said that’s the price to be paid when you keep going young.

“The big league club was in bad shape when I got here’’ he said. “That was told to me directly. We righted the ship. We won six more games the first year. We shored-up our system and won eight more games last year. Came in here this year and felt like we were going to do better.

“Things changed in a hurry.’’

Injuries and nonperformance by key players Michael Morse Jesus Montero Franklin Gutierrez Dustin Ackley and Brendan Ryan helped devastate the team’s plans primarily up the middle.

“That’s a quick change at key positions’’ Wedge said. “So you bring young kids up. So you take a step backwards to move two steps forward and that’s what we did.’’