OK, you're losing games as fast as you can play them, your offense cannot score and then two guys with the chance to be productive on any given night cannot play.
Welcome to Mariner World!
Russell Branyan is out at least through tomorrow with a bruised and cut left foot, and today outfielder Michael Saunders has a badly swollen right middle finger that prevents him from gripping a bat.
Saunders was hurt last night on an attempted steal of second, on a play where the Mariners insisted Jered Weaver balked - the umpires didn't see it that way - and Saunders dove back toward first base.
He bent that finger badly, finished the game but saw it begin to puff afterward. Saunders likely won't play again until the Mariners return home Monday.
So, a lineup? Well, Milton Bradley's tender left knee has him unable to play the outfield, so Ryan Langerhans ges a start in left field. Bradley is the designated hitter, Justin Smoak the first baseman.
Here's the lineup that will face Joe Saunders:
- Ichiro Suzuki, RF
- Chone Figgins, 2B
- Franklin Gutierrez, CF
- Jose Lopez, 3B
- Milton Bradley, DH
- Justin Smoak, 1B
- Ryan Langerhans, LF
- Josh Bard, C
- Jack Wilson, SS
- Ryan Rowland-Smith, P