SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday after suffering a strained left oblique muscle on a check swing.
The Mariners recalled first baseman Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma to take Saunders’ roster spot. Smoak was in the lineup on Friday night for Seattle’s series opener against Oakland.
Saunders was injured in the eighth inning Thursday night and had to be pulled from the game in the middle of the at-bat. This is Saunders’ second stint on the DL after sitting out with a shoulder injury in June.
Smoak was placed on the disabled list June 11 with a quadriceps injury and had remained in the minors after conclusion of his rehab assignment. Smoak was hitting .208 with seven homers in 63 games before getting injured.
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