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Mariners place Saunders on 15-day disabled list

SEATTLE -- The Mariners placed right fielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation shortly after Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Yankees at Safeco Field.

Saunders played in the series opener against New York on Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, after missing the previous three games in Tampa Bay. He sustained the injury while swinging his bat last Friday against the Rays.

The move means Seattle will likely call up a player from the Minor Leagues to fill the spot Saunders vacated. There are a myriad of candidates in Triple-A Tacoma, including shortstop Chris Taylor, first baseman Jesus Montero, recently acquired outfielder Xavier Nady, infielder Nick Franklin and center fielder Abraham Almonte.

A corresponding roster move is expected on Thursday.

Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for
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