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May 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Monday’s pregame notes and line-ups vs. the Rays

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Lloyd McClendon said that Michael Saunders’ knee is still “tender.” It bothers him when he runs and even when he swings. The hope is that he’s completely available in a few days.

“I don’t think it’s anything that’s going to DL him,” McClendon said. “He can certainly swing, but it’s still tender.”

Kyle Seager said he’s feeling better. McClendon thought Seager looked “sluggish and slow” yesterday after coming back from missing the last few days with the flu.

“You could tell he was dragging with his reactions,” McClendon said. “Even at the plate, he looked a little slower and sluggish. I know he hit the home run on the change-up. But he was sluggish. Hopefully, he will bounce back even more today.”

Seager admitted to having “a little less energy” on Sunday than normal as he came back. Seager took IVs in the two games he missed to fight dehydration from … well, you know if you’ve had the flu.

But Seager wouldn’t use that as an excuse for the misplayed balls in the field.

“I gotta make those plays,” he said.

*** Logan Morrison is feeling better. He did some running before batting practice today. He will go with the Mariners on their upcoming trip to Minnesota and Texas.

“He’ll participate in some drills on the road and participate in the sim games,” McClendon said. “Hopefully we can get him out and playing some rehab games.”

The sim games that McClendon spoke of would be for James Paxton, who is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday along with Taijuan Walker. If all goes well in Paxton’s third bullpen session of around 55 pitches, he will graduate to sim games on the road trip. Walker will be throwing his second bullpen session and plans to mix in curveballs.

*** Brad Miller said the swing he had in yesterday’s double to the gap, “felt really good” and also said he needs a lot more of them after his struggles early in the season.

Miller said on the play he was doubled off on at second. He read the ball as being higher off the bat, but said he was really just trying to get a good, aggressive  secondary lead and knew he had no chance to get back once Hosmer – a very good defensive first baseman – made that grab.

The pick-off in the first inning, he said was a mistake. He was trying to add on to his lead and prepare to steal when Guthrie made the move. “I knew he had a good move,” Miller said. “He got me as I was trying to add on. I was about a half step too far.”

*** McClendon on Ackley.

“He’s starting to come on a little. He’s starting to believe in what he’s doing. Hopefully he can stay consistent with it and give us a little more thump in the bottom of the order and helps turn the line-up over.”

McClendon has been protecting Ackley against lefties for the  last few weeks, will that continue with him hitting better?

“There still may be some lefties he won’t play against, this guy (David Price) tomorrow might be one of them.”

Ackley was on 1090 the Fan with Steve Sandmeyer and Jason Churchill today. He was pretty candid about the difference this year to last year. Here’s the interview.

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