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Mariners call up Justin Smoak, place Michael Saunders on the disabled list

Jul 11, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

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Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders is headed back to the disabled list. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Saunders has been diagnosed with an oblique injury, which he suffered on a check-swing in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game against the Twins. Saunders was previously on the disabled list between June 11-27 due to inflammation of the A/C joint in his right shoulder.

Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that it’s a Grade 2 oblique strain. According to manager Lloyd McClendon, “it’s going to be a while” before Saunders can get back on the field. Saunders had been performing well for the Mariners prior to his bout with the injury bug. In 219 plate appearances, he slashed .276/.327/.434 with six home runs and 28 RBI.

In a related move, the Mariners have called up Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma. Smoak went on the disabled list on June 10 with a strained left quad and was optioned to Tacoma on July 4 after having rehabbed for two weeks there. In 19 games at Triple-A, Smoak hit three home runs with an .824 OPS in 74 plate appearances.

Smoak struggled at the big league level, slashing .208/.282/.361 with seven home runs and 28 RBI over 241 plate appearances.

  1. ironcurtin64 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    May as well cancel the rest of the season and start the playoffs. This move has guaranteed the M’s will secure the 2nd wildcard slot. Yes, I’m a Mariner fan.

  2. rawdog2013 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    You mean 2nd to last place finish, again.

  3. mmason0071 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Smoak will do fine as long as he brings along those AAA pitchers to hit against. Against ML pitchers – not so much

  4. denny65 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    I’m afraid Michael Saunders is becoming the Ms new Franklin Gutierrez.

    The poor guy is fragile.

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