Saunders, Gutierrez showing improvement

Saunders, Gutierrez showing improvement

Saunders, Gutierrez showing improvement
SEATTLE -- Outfielder Michael Saunders was not in the starting lineup on Saturday for the second straight day due to flu-like symptoms, but he should be available if the Mariners need him to come on in the late stages of Saturday's game against the Red Sox, manager Eric Wedge said.

Wedge was hopeful Saunders would be available off the bench on Friday, but he said the team ended up sending him home. Without Saunders, the Mariners are running thin on outfielders after placing Franklin Gutierrez on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion. Chone Figgins started in left field for the second consecutive game, meaning infielder Munenori Kawasaki is the fourth outfielder if Saunders is unable to go.

As far as Gutierrez's status, Wedge said he wasn't sure if the Mariners would have to put him on the disabled list for another seven days.

"He's still feeling it; he's better," Wedge said. "If I remember right -- I've had a few conversations today -- I think the headaches are better, but he's still a little off. There's no guarantees that the seven days is even going to be enough. Obviously we're going to be very careful with him."