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Monday, September 8, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders

By on 9/08/2014 05:00:00 PM

The Seattle Mariners, who are in a tight race for the AL Wild Card, received good news regarding left fielder Dustin Ackley, according to Bob Dutton of the News Tribune. Ackley does not expect his left ankle, which he twisted on Saturday, to be an ongoing issue and he will be ready for Monday night's game against the Houston Astros. The Mariners also plan to activate outfielder Michael Saunders, who has recovered from a viral infection and a strained left oblique.

Saunders, 27, hit  .276/.327/.434 (OPS+ 117) with six homers and 28 RBI in the 65 games he wasn't injured. He was on the DL with shoulder inflammation in June and hit the DL again on July 11 with the strained oblique. During his rehab he contracted a viral infection. Ackley, 26, is hitting .251/.300/.399 (OPS+ 99) with 11 homers and 60 RBI in 130 games. He underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his foot in October 2012, but says this injury is not related to that issue.

Dustin Ackley

Ackley was the Mariners' first round draft pick in 2009, and made his debut June 17, 2011. He hit .273/ .348/.417 in 90 games and garnered Rookie-of-the Year votes, but his sophomore season was disappointing (.226/.294/.328, OPS+ 70). In 2013, bothered by a sprained thumb, he spent time in the minors, logging only 113 major league games and averaging .253/.319/.341 (OPS+ 89). Ackley is pre-arb and under team control through 2017.

Michael Saunders

Saunders is in his sixth season, all with the Mariners, and, prior to the 2014 season, had a career line of .224/.295/.374. The improved stats for 2014 have given Mariners' fans hope that if he overcomes his injuries he can contribute to a team with postseason aspirations. Saunders was drafted in 2004 (11th round) and made his debut July 25, 2009. He is in his first arbitration year ($2.3 million) and under team control through 2016. 

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