Mariners’ Saunders out with groin injury

Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders is out of the

starting lineup due to a groin injury.

Manager Eric Wedge says Saunders was hurt when he collided with

teammate Eric Thames while trying to chase down Paul Konerko’s

winning single for the White Sox on Friday.

Konerko lined a ball to right-center with two on in the bottom

of the ninth and Thames had the ball in his glove momentarily, but

it came out after he ran into Saunders, allowing Dewayne Wise to

score in Chicago’s 9-8 victory.

Thames also was missing from Saturday’s starting lineup, but

Wedge said it was due to the left-handed pitching matchup, not a

physical issue.

Saunders is tied for the team lead with 14 homers.