Mariners activate Michael Saunders from DL, option Jesus Montero to Tacoma

Staff writerJune 27, 2014 

Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders (55) singles against the Houston Astros during the second inning Sunday at Safeco Field in Seattle.


Outfielder Michael Saunders, as expected, returned Friday from the disabled list after the Mariners cleared space by optioning first baseman/designated hitter Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma.

Saunders, 27, was 9-for-20 in five games at Tacoma in his recovery from a sore right shoulder — specifically, inflammation in the right AC joint — which surfaced on a swing in a June 6 game at Tampa Bay.

The Mariners signaled the move was likely Wednesday when Saunders took part in batting practice prior to their 5-4 loss to Boston. Montero also cleaned out his locker following the game.

Saunders was expected to be in uniform for Friday’s series opener against Cleveland. He was on a .356 surge (21-for-59) just prior to his injury and was batting .272 overall in 52 games with four homers and 25 RBIs.

Montero, 24, was 4-for-14 in five games following his June 12 recall from Tacoma, including a two-run homer on June 17 in a 6-1 victory over San Diego.

He batted .270 in 59 games for the Rainiers prior to his recall with eight homers and 40 RBIs.


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