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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Michael Saunders hits DL with oblique strain

By on 7/12/2014 02:25:00 PM

The Seattle Mariners have placed right fielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain in his left side, reports Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune. First baseman Justin Smoak has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take Saunders' spot on the roster.

Saunders left Wednesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Twins in the eighth inning after suffering the injury on a checked swing. Oblique injuries are difficult to recover from, typically taking six to eight weeks.

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Despite some problems earlier in the year with a shoulder injury, Saunders was putting up career-best numbers. Saunders has hit .276/.327/.434 with 1.6 WAR in 65 games so far this season.

The Mariners are already searching for help in left field and now are in an even deeper hole at the corner outfield position. Seattle will likely now need to start both Dustin Ackley and Endy Chavez every day, which is far from an ideal situation. 

The team will be actively searching for help at the corner outfield spots in the trade market.

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