SEATTLE -- With the return of Franklin Gutierrez from the disabled list, Michael Saunders has moved from center field to left field to accommodate the former Gold Glove winner. Saunders has played well in center this season, but said he is more than happy to make way for Gutierrez.
"Guti's a Gold Glove center fielder, so it's certainly best for the team," Saunders said. "It doesn't matter to me where I hit in the lineup or where I play; I just want to be out there. If I can help the team by moving over to left and Guti is now back in center, then that's good. He deserves it. He's a Gold Glove center fielder, he's one of the best in the game, so I think it's best for the team."
Saunders played some left when he first came up with the Mariners in 2009, as well as early last season, so he feels pretty comfortable in the position. He said he has been taking extra reps during batting practice, though, to adjust to the different angle. He had two putouts Thursday night in his first start in left field of the season.