Saunders plays catch, return date in question

Saunders plays catch, return date in question

HOUSTON -- Outfielder Michael Saunders played some light catch on Monday for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder that occurred when he ran into the Safeco Field wall on April 11.

Saunders is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but manager Eric Wedge said that return date remains up in the air.

"I'm not prepared to say that just yet," Wedge said. "We need to let him play catch a couple more days and go from there, decide how we're going to play this out."

Wedge said it's possible Saunders will be sent out for a Minor League rehab start or two before he is activated.

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