SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge said outfielder Michael Saunders (shoulder sprain) could head out for a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma as early as Friday and begin designated hitting.
Saunders was batting .286 with a home run and five RBIs before he injured his right shoulder after crashing into a wall while making a catch against the Astros on April 9.
"He felt good today," Wedge said. "We'll just take it day by day."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.