The Mariners placed outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list after Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the Yankees because of inflammation in his right shoulder.
Saunders got “banged up” in Tuesday’s game against the Yankees, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said.
Saunders had missed the previous three games with a shoulder injury. The Mariners will make a corresponding roster move before Thursday’s game. Saunders has been one of Seattle’s most consistent hitters this season. He’s hitting .272 with four homers and 25 RBI.
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The Mariners placed first baseman Justin Smoak on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday’s game because of a sore left quadriceps.
The injury had limited Smoak to a bench role most of the past week, and McClendon said Smoak wasn’t getting better fast enough to avoid going on the disabled list.
That roster move freed up space for first baseman/outfielder Logan Morrison to be activated from the disabled list. Morrison slid immediately into the starting lineup at first base on Wednesday and hit fifth.
Morrison has played in only eight games for the Mariners this season, and he hasn’t played in two months because of a strained hamstring. He hit .150 with no extra-base hits in his brief time with the big-league club.
But Morrison said his swing felt better during his 18-game rehab assignment with Class AAA Tacoma. Morrison hit .308 with three homers and 11 walks for the Rainiers.
Smoak said he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, but the quad injury keeps him from running.
“I can basically do everything,” Smoak said. “It’s just a matter of running. I think we’re going to try to run Saturday and go from there.”
Smoak has struggled at the plate recently. He’s just 2 for his past 29 (.069), with no extra-base hits and 12 strikeouts. McClendon said he is hoping to have Smoak available when the Mariners return for their next homestand on June 23.
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