Saunders feeling better, likely back on Tuesday

Saunders feeling better, likely back on Tuesday

SEATTLE -- Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders took batting practice and did some pregame work on Monday, but was again not in the lineup as he returns from an intestinal flu that sidelined him the previous three games.

Saunders hopes to be ready to play by Tuesday's game against the Orioles, now that he's finally able to eat again.

"I was man down for a little while," Saunders said. "But I got a good sleep last night and finally had some appetite today, which was most encouraging for me. I still feel weak and am trying to gradually build back strength, but that should come back with being able to eat."

The Mariners sent Saunders home on Friday, but he spent the Saturday and Sunday games watching from the Safeco Field training room while hooked up at times to an IV for fluids. With Franklin Gutierrez on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, the Mariners were down to three healthy outfielders, and Saunders said he'd have played if necessary.

"I had my cleats in the training room and my jersey on," he said. "If the team needed me, yes, I'd have been out there. I was fully ready to go if somebody went down. It would have been interesting, but I would have gone out there and done my best. Luckily, nothing happened."

Manager Eric Wedge said he's hoping to get Saunders back in action Tuesday.