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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Michael Saunders to get more rehab at-bats before return

By on 8/19/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Seattle Mariners lost to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday by the score of 4-1. The loss dropped the Mariners to 67-57, third in the American League West. The Mariners are staying in the playoff race behind a pitching staff that leads the Major Leagues in ERA. The offense needs to improve on their 19th ranking in runs scored. One player who could help is outfielder Michael Saunders. But the Mariners have no intention of rushing Saunders back from his rehab assignment.

Our own Darius Austin reported on August 8 that Saunders, who strained his left oblique a month ago, began a rehab assignment for Triple-A Tacoma, going 1-for-4.

An update on Saunders, as reported by Matt Slovin of, is that manager Lloyd McClendon isn't interested in having Saunders return before he's ready and then struggle to get his timing back against Major League pitching.

Saunders has had only 11 plate appearances in two games since getting back from paternity leave and McClendon would like to see approximately 20 at-bats from Saunders.
"Most hitters, they think they can go down and get three games' worth of at-bats and say, 'I'm ready to play. I don't know anybody that can be ready in three games. Don't waste games here. It's too important. We've got to win them here. We ain't here to get timing down. We're here to win."
Saunders, in his fifth Major League season, is batting .276 with six home runs and 28 RBI this season. He had his best season in 2012, when he batted .247 with 19 home runs and 57 RBI. Saunders is a career .230 hitter with 49 home runs and 176 RBI.

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