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August 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Friday’s pregame notes and lineups: Nationals vs. Mariners

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Update: 6:01 p.m.

The Mariners have made a rotation change. Roenis Elias will start on Saturday night vs. the Nationals while Chris Young has been pushed back to start Monday against the A’s.

Young is fine, but they wanted to get him extra rest for the stretch run – similar to the stuff with Felix Hernandez. Young is at 150 innings right now, and if you look at past seasons, he really hasn’t ventured into this territory since 2007. So they’re trying to get him a few more days for the stretch run. The Mariners have one off day in September – the 11th.

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Update 4:51 p.m. 

Don’t know Trent Jewett, the man who will be managing the Mariners for the next few games? Well, here’s some video of his pregame media meeting.

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Michael Saunders was back at Safeco Field today working out. He is finally healthy for physical activity. He played catch, hit in the cage. He will up his workout on Saturday. . He had been down for five days with “Fifths Disease,” which he contracted from his newborn daughters.

How bad was it? Well he lost about 12 pounds and didn’t eat for about four days.

“I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy,” he said.

But he’s progressing.

“I’m feeling much better now,” he said. “It was a tough go there for about four or five days but my energy level is starting to come back, my strength is starting to come back, my appetite is starting to come back so I’ll work my way back into game shape.”

Saunders has lost not just pounds but strength.

“Ya, there was about four or five days where I wasn’t eating and just concentrating on staying hydrated,” he said. “I was in pretty rough condition there but I’ve turned a page for the better now and definitely working my way back.”

As for the plans going forward, there isn’t any. He needs to kind of build back his strength and stamina.

“I think the biggest thing is my appetite is back and with that will come energy and strength,” he said. “Once that’s back, we’ll have a better idea.”

From earlier 

Pretty standard lineup for the Mariners today. No real surprises there.

The Mariners have made a roster move, optioning Erasmo Ramirez to Class AAA Tacoma and recalling outfielder James Jones. With Ramirez not scheduled to make another start, recalling Jones gives them an extra player off the bench.

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As far as numbers, here’s who has faced Nationals’ starter  Jordan Zimmerman before for the Mariners.

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Here’s the updated pitching probables. That’s a pretty good Wednesday matchup in Oakland.

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Official game notes

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