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Worth noting

• Michael Morse remained behind in Seattle to continue rehabbing his strained right quadriceps, but manager Eric Wedge said the hope is the outfielder can start a Minor League rehab stint in Tacoma this coming week.

Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez and reliever Stephen Pryor began rehab stints with Tacoma on Thursday, though neither played that night, while Jesus Montero was reinstated from the disabled list on Thursday and went 1-for-5 with a triple as the designated hitter in an 8-7 loss at Fresno. Montero had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee in early June.

Wedge said catcher Jesus Sucre continues having trouble with a bruised left wrist and there is no timetable on his return.

• Jeff Datz traveled to Houston with the Mariners, his first road trip since being diagnosed with cancer on his neck two months ago, but Darren Brown will remain the third-base coach for now, according to manager Eric Wedge.

"We wanted to get Datzy back on the trip and see how he handled the flight and the plane," Wedge said. "We're still going to give that a little time. But it's good to have him back, good to have him around, no doubt."

• Veteran right-hander Jeremy Bonderman, released by the Mariners earlier this month, has accepted a Minor League contract from his former Tigers team and will continue his comeback attempt with Triple-A Toledo.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.
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