SEATTLE -- Outfielder Michael Saunders was not in the starting lineup on Saturday for the second straight day due to flu-like symptoms, but he should be available if the Mariners need him to come on in the late stages of Saturday's game against the Red Sox, manager Eric Wedge said.
Wedge was hopeful Saunders would be available off the bench on Friday, but he said the team ended up sending him home. Without Saunders, the Mariners are running thin on outfielders after placing Franklin Gutierrez on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion. Chone Figgins started in left field for the second consecutive game, meaning infielder Munenori Kawasaki is the fourth outfielder if Saunders is unable to go.
As far as Gutierrez's status, Wedge said he wasn't sure if the Mariners would have to put him on the disabled list for another seven days.
"He's still feeling it; he's better," Wedge said. "If I remember right -- I've had a few conversations today -- I think the headaches are better, but he's still a little off. There's no guarantees that the seven days is even going to be enough. Obviously we're going to be very careful with him."
Right elbow problem ends Ramirez's outing
SEATTLE -- Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez left Saturday's game 3-2 win over the Red Sox in the third inning with a right elbow problem.
"It's something going on with his right elbow," manager Eric Wedge said. "He got an MRI tonight. We won't get the results until tomorrow. We don't think it's anything too serious, but until we really get the results back on the MRI, we're not sure."
With two outs in the third, Ramirez threw a first-pitch strike to Boston's Mike Aviles before catcher Miguel Olivo went to the mound. After a few seconds, Olivo called to the dugout for trainer Rick Griffin. Following a conversation with Griffin and Wedge, Ramirez exited the game.
Ramirez had retired all eight batters he faced, including two strikeouts. With long reliever Hisashi Iwakuma scheduled for a spot start on Monday, left-hander Charlie Furbush came on in relief. The Mariners ended up using six of the seven available relievers in the bullpen, as the game lasted 11 innings.
Frustrated with offense, Wedge holds team meeting
SEATTLE -- A day after making his discontent no secret following yet another abysmal offensive performance at home by the Mariners, manager Eric Wedge held a 22-minute team meeting prior to batting practice on Saturday.
The Mariners saw their batting average at home fall to .197 on the season after it took Boston's Aaron Cook just 81 pitches to two-hit them in a 5-0 loss Friday. They have scored just five runs in five games during their current homestand.
"What happened last night was unacceptable, it's as simple as that," Wedge said. "Your bad can only be so bad. The level of play at this level that I expect has to be better than that. I just made sure that they understand -- [in] not so many words -- what's important and what should be important, what their priorities are and what they should be, and just the way we're going to go about our business.
"Whether it be young players trying to figure it out or older players who're supposed to be doing better, whether you're playing every day or not playing every day, I don't give a damn."
Wedge had exhibited patience for much of the season, as he fended off questions about whether the fences should be moved in at Safeco Field, insisting the young offense would eventually come around. But as the All-Star break approaches, the team is hitting more than 60 points higher on the road than at home.
Wedge still made it clear the Mariners would continue to play the game his way, but he also said the team would make moves if players didn't start to show signs of improvement.
"What we do, is we come to the ballpark here and we play in a championship presence," Wedge said. "We come out here, we work towards being a championship team and we're going to find out just who the hell wants to be a part of it. We'll just go from there.
"You got to play every day like it's their last. Some of these people out here, they need to be playing every day like it's their last."
Langston returns to Seattle, throws out first pitch
SEATTLE -- Mark Langston was drafted by the Mariners, spent six years with the team, hit many personal milestones while with the club and on Saturday, he returned to Seattle to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
"It's always great to come back to Seattle," Langston said. "Seattle means so much to me. Like I've told a lot of people already today, this is, from a career standpoint, all my firsts happened in this city. A lot of important events in my life happened here. My daughter was born here. I never ever not want to come back to Seattle. Seattle's always played an important role and I love coming back here."
The left-hander spent six seasons with the Mariners, posting a 74-67 record with the team, including 17 wins in 1994, his first year in the big leagues. He went to his first of four All-Star Games while with Seattle in 1987, a year he would win a career-best 19 games. He went on to have a 16-year Major League career.
"For me, again, [Seattle's] a big part for me," Langston said, "because this was a big part of my career and a lot of my biggest moments of my career happened while I was in this city and wearing that Mariners uniform."
For the third time in four games, John Jaso was in the starting lineup on Saturday. Jaso has been one of the few Mariners who has been consistent offensively as of late.
"He's doing a nice job, he deserves to be in there," manager Eric Wedge said.
Ichiro Suzuki's next home run will be the 100th of his Major League career, making him the 12th player to hit 100 homers as a Mariner.
Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.