Right fielder Michael Saunders #55 of the Seattle Mariners misses a triple off the bat of Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Safeco Field on May 10, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

SAFECO FIELD - Michael Saunders is once again out of the lineup after suffering a hyper-extended left knee in Saturday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.

Saunders' leg slipped and his leg locked out as he collapsed to the turf in the right field corner. Saunders entered Sunday's series finale against the Royals as a pinch-hitter but is not ready to return to the lineup.

"I don’t think it’s anything that’s going to DL him," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He can certainly swing but it’s still tender."

With that in mind, James Jones is back in the leadoff spot in the lineup for Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

McClendon said he believes Felix Hernandez has improved following his bout with the flu that affected his last two starts in Houston and Oakland. Hernandez lost nine pounds and didn't have the same strength in the immediate aftermath of the sickness.

Kyle Seager is also improving from his spell with the flu as well.

James Paxton and Taijuan Walker both are fine today after throwing bullpen sessions on Sunday. They are expected to move toward simulated games later this week. Logan Morrison ran the bases today and will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip. He is expected to participate in the simulated games as well.