Abraham Almonte was pulled from last night's game with tightness in his legs. He's out of the line-up today as a precaution.
"I figured with the off day tomorrow, we’ll give him today off too,'" Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "I think he could play today, but we still have a couple plus weeks left of the season. So I didn't want to take any chances with him, especially when (his speed) is such a big part of his game."
Wedge was aware that the team called a closed-door, players-only meeting last night and had no problem with it.
"I think it’s good," he said. "I always welcome that. I’ve always been very consistent with that. When players take responsibility for each other and for themselves, I think it says a great deal. I think it says more to have one with two plus weeks left. They know every game means something. Whether you are in the race or out of the race, every game means something. This is the big leagues and it’s an honor to wear big league uniform. People pay their hard earned money to come watch you play and you represent something. You have to appreciate the fact they call that meeting."
Wedge didn't know what they talked about, nor did he care.
"I don’t know what they talked about it’s between them, and I respect that," he said.
The details of the meeting are fuzzy. Mostly it's about playing games with more focus and detail than they've shown in the last few weeks.
"It was a closed door meeting, everything that needed to be said was said," Kyle Seager said. "It was definitely a good thing."
But can they put the message into action?
"I hope we can finish strong and show the flashes we showed in July when we were on a pretty good streak – that team is still there," Brad Miller said. "I hope we take it to heart."