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Mariners place Saunders on 15-day disabled list

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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.

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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.

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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 MLB.com.

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