Seager scratched due to flu

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was scratched from Friday’s lineup about 90 minutes before the first pitch against the Royals after coming down with flu-like symptoms.

Veteran utility man Willie Bloomquist replaced Seager at third base and took his sixth spot in the batting order as well.

Seager is the third Mariners player to deal with the flu bug in recent days, as catcher Mike Zunino dealt with the illness while in New York to start the last road trip and Felix Hernandez lost nine pounds and was under the weather in his start in Houston last Friday.

Seager is hitting .239 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in 34 games, while Bloomquist was at .222 with two RBIs in 11 games going into Friday’s action.

Here’s the new lineups:

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