Originally posted on Sports Injury Alert  |  Last updated 7/12/14
The Seattle Mariners have placed right fielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain in his left side, reports Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune. First baseman Justin Smoak has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take Saunders' spot on the roster.#Mariners recall 1B Justin Smoak. OF Michael Saunders has strained left oblique.— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) July 11, 2014Saunders left Wednesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Twins in the eighth inning after suffering the injury on a checked swing. Oblique injuries are difficult to recover from, typically taking six to eight weeks. By rhwalker22 on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsDespite some problems earlier in the year with a shoulder injury, Saunders was putting up career-best numbers. Saunders has hit .276/.327/.434 with 1.6 WAR in 65 games so far this season.The Mariners are already searching for help in ...
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