Michael Saunders OF SEA 8 Hrs

Saunders is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

The Mariners will rest several of their left-handed batters with southpaw Derek Holland on the mound for the Rangers. Chris Denorfia will fill in for him in the outfield.

Michael Saunders OF SEA 4 Days

Saunders is not in the lineup Sunday for the second straight day, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns.

Saunders will sit out a second straight day with the Mariners facing A's lefty Jon Lester on Sunday. He could return to action Monday with the Mariners scheduled to take on Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker.

Michael Saunders OF SEA 4 Days

Saunders is out of the lineup Saturday against the Orioles, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Saunders was activated from the disabled list Monday and has started each of the four games since. He will get the day off Saturday in favor of James Jones, who will bat eighth and play right field for the Mariners.

Michael Saunders OF SEA 9 Days

Saunders is batting eighth and handling right field in Monday's contest against the Astros, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Activated from the DL after a two-month absence due to a strained left oblique, Saunders will immediately slot into the lineup. The lack of output from those who covered right field in his place could result in an everyday gig right off the bat. However, he could also be eased into action.

Michael Saunders OF SEA 9 Days

Saunders (oblique) was activated from the DL on Monday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

After taking nearly two months to recover from a strained left oblique, Saunders could slot into right field immediately upon his return, especially considering the underwhelming options available to manager Lloyd McClendon at the moment. During his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma, Saunders supplied a base knock in six of 10 games, batting .257 (9-for-35) with two RBI, six runs scored, and a 14:11 BB:K.

Michael Saunders OF SEA 11 Days

Saunders (oblique) is on schedule to return from the DL prior to Monday's game against the Astros, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

With Dustin Ackley slumping and the Mariners currently rotating a slew of undesirable options in right field, Saunders could reclaim a starting role immediately upon his activation. Though he's been out for nearly two months, Saunders was enjoying a productive season prior to suffering the oblique injury, batting .276 with six homers and three stolen bases over 196 at-bats.

Michael Saunders OF SEA 16 Days

Saunders (oblique) is reporting to the Arizona League Mariners on Monday in order to restart his rehab assignment, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Initially placed on the disabled list shortly before the All-Star break due to a left oblique strain, Saunders began his assignment at Triple-A Tacoma on Aug. 7. However, paternity leave was followed by a viral infection, thereby delaying his return to the majors. Manager Lloyd McClendon mentioned to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune on Monday that Saunders will "try to get his strength back," but it's unclear exactly how much additional recovery time the outfielder will require.

Michael Saunders OF SEA 25 Days

Saunders (oblique) has been pulled off his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma due to a viral infection, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

The illness first surfaced Friday, and with Saunders not making much progress in his return to full health, the Mariners decided to temporarily remove him from the Tacoma roster. Per MLB rules, Saunders will have to wait at least five days before re-starting his assignment at Tacoma, but the Mariners could work around the issue by sending him to another affiliate. Either way, it's likely the Mariners will choose not to activate him until at least Sept. 1, when rosters expand.

Michael Saunders OF SEA 26 Days

Saunders will miss the next couple games due to an illness, the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports.

He is in the midst of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma, but has already missed two games with the illness, and if it continues to be an issue, the Mariners may be forced to make a move to allow Saunders more time to rehab, as his assignment is up on Aug. 26.

Michael Saunders OF SEA 1 Month

Saunders (oblique) will continue his rehab assignment for at least a couple more days.

If you read into manager Lloyd McClendon's comments, you can tell he's not exactly eager to get Saunders back. "Most hitters, they think they can go down and get three games' worth of at-bats and say, 'I'm ready to play,'" McClendon said. "I don't know anybody that can be ready in three games. "Don't waste games here. It's too important. We've got to win them here. We ain't here to get timing down. We're here to win."