Michael Saunders draws back into the Phillies' lineup tonight.
Saunders will serve as the Phillies' designated hitter in the second game of their home-and-home interleague series with the Boston Red Sox and will bat seventh.
After signing a one-year, $9 million contract in the offseason, Saunders has struggled mightily with the Phillies. He's hitting .203 with .250 on-base percentage. He has six homers and 19 RBIs. Manager Pete Mackanin said after Sunday's loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis he's going to get Daniel Nava more at-bats, meaning Saunders would get fewer at-bats.
Both Saunders and Nava are in the lineup tonight. Nava is playing left field and hitting second. Aaron Altherr will play right and bats third.
Here is the Phillies' full lineup.
1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Daniel Nava, LF
3. Aaron Altherr, RF
4. Howie Kendrick, 2B
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Michael Saunders, DH
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Freddy Galvis, SS
P: Ben Lively
For more on tonight's game, check out Tom Dougherty's game notes.