Found July 02, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The Seattle Mariners will soon breath a sigh of relief, as they prepare to welcome back reinforcements to the ranks of their injury-depleted outfield. Newly christened center fielder Dustin Ackley, returned to the lineup tonight after spraining his thumb while diving for a ball during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Cubs. While Michael Saunders inches ever closer to joining his teammate on the field of battle, as he recovers from being accidentally spiked on his middle finger during Friday night's game. After losing both men to injuries over the weekend, the Mariners were forced to play Sunday with only three available outfielders in Endy Chavez, Jason Bay, and Raul Ibanez. With Michael Morse and Franklin Gutierrez currently serving time on the disabled list, Seattle's outfield depth has been severely thin in recent days. Although both injuries can be considered minor; Saunders's affliction in particular has warranted a level of concern from the Mariners staff. Since his injury incurred, Saunders has been unable to grip a bat or throw a baseball without feeling pain. In what has quickly become a season of frustration and injury, Saunders has volunteered himself for pinch running duty until his finger is healed. In the meantime he'll play the waiting game until pressed into regular duty, as he explained to MLB.com's Greg Johns: It's a weird spot, and the nail just got crushed down in, so we've got to let it heal and get the swelling down. It's uncomfortable right now, but it's not broken, so that's a good thing. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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