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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Michael Saunders halts rehab due to illness

By on 8/23/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Seattle Mariners entered a weekend series against the Boston Red Sox having lost two of three to the Philadelphia Phillies. At 68-58, the Mariners are eight games out in the American League West and still in the thick of things to make a playoff push down the stretch. In order for a serious push to be made, the Mariners need key components healthy. One player who could help is outfielder Michael Saunders, who has been battling a strained left oblique. Now the Mariners will have to wait a little longer for Saunders, whose rehab stint has been halted due to an illness.

I reported on August 19 that Saunders, who strained his left oblique a month ago, had had only 11 plate appearances in two games since getting back from paternity leave and manager McClendon wanted to see Saunders get about 20 at-bats.

Bob Dutton, who covers the Mariners for The Tacoma News Tribune, tweeted the following update on Saunders' status.
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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