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Worth noting

• Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales has been claimed off waivers by an unnamed team, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. That means the Mariners and the claiming team have 72 hours to work out a deal, or Seattle can pull Morales back off waivers and hang on to him.

• Outfielder Michael Saunders took batting practice for the first time in three days Monday and said his sore neck was feeling much better, though he wasn't in the lineup for a third straight game. Saunders hasn't played since Friday and says he thinks he hurt his neck when he banged into the fence.

• Rookie catcher Mike Zunino, on the 15-day disabled list since July 26 with a broken hamate bone in his left hand, worked out hard before Monday's game and could be sent out on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Tacoma as early as Tuesday. Zunino is a logical choice to return by Sept. 1 when rosters can be expanded, if he's fully recovered.

• Former closer Tom Wilhelmsen gave up three runs on four hits -- including two home runs -- in an inning for Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday in Tucson. Wilhelmsen has an 8.71 ERA in 10 1/3 innings over six outings since being sent down.

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