Lloyd McClendon hopes the flu bug that has hit the Mariners is gone. The illness hasn’t been rampant but selective in taking out a few of the Mariners’ better players.
It hit Mike Zunino a few weeks ago. Just as Zunino was starting to feel better, Felix Hernandez came down with the bug in New York and lost nine pounds in a day and a few more than that after dealing with it for over four days.
The latest to be laid low was third baseman Kyle Seager. He missed two games in the Royals series.
“It didn’t feel real good,” he said. “That first night wasn’t much fun.”
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He thought it was better the second day, but as soon as he started to move around it hit him again.
Seager received IVs during those two missed games to help battle dehydration.
He was in the lineup Sunday. But it was clear he wasn’t quite 100 percent. He looked ashen and drained pregame and McClendon thought he looked a tick slow on the field.
“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 wasn’t able to make a pair of plays in the third inning of Sunday’s 9-7 loss that he normally makes. He couldn’t quite come up with a hard short-hop to his left on Danny Valencia’s ground ball. He later misplayed a routine double-play ball off the bat of Lorenzo Cain.
Seager admitted to having “a little less energy” than normal. But wouldn’t use it as an excuse for not coming up with either of the plays, saying he’s got to make those plays.
• Logan Morrison’s recovery from a strained right hamstring has taken a major step forward. Actually, it’s taken several steps at a rapid pace. Morrison has begun running again, which was necessary before the Mariners could think about getting him back in game action. Morrison ran before batting practice. McClendon confirmed that he will travel 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 (simulated) games,” McClendon said. “Hopefully we can get him out and playing some rehab games.”
Morrison went on the disabled list April 15. He suffered the injury during warm-ups.
• McClendon said that Michael Saunders’ left knee was still tender. Saunders hyperextended the knee trying to make a sliding catch in Saturday’s win. The hope is that Saunders will be available fully 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.”
McClendon has been pleased with the hot hitting of Dustin Ackley, who hit three homers in his last two games.
“He’s starting to come on a little,” McClendon said. “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 help turn the lineup over.”
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