Saunders could rejoin Mariners on Monday

Saunders could rejoin Mariners on Monday

SEATTLE -- Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders is getting closer to coming back from the sprained right shoulder that has kept him on the disabled list since April 10.

Saunders started his rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Friday in Las Vegas, and Seattle manager Eric Wedge said it's possible Saunders could rejoin the Mariners on Monday.

"That'd be the earliest," Wedge said. "We have to see how he feels tonight, see how he feels tomorrow."

Wedge said the best-case scenario would be for Saunders, who was the designated hitter on Friday, to DH again on Saturday and play the field Sunday before joining the Mariners at Safeco Field on Monday to play the Baltimore Orioles.

Saunders can't get back soon enough, Wedge said.

"His attitude has always been that way," Wedge said. "From the day we told him he was going to go on the DL. ... He's anxious to get back. He came in last night before he left. He's anxious to play, period."

Saunders was batting .286 with a home run, a double, a triple, five RBIs and three stolen bases before going on the DL.

"He took huge strides last year, and even coming into this year, he just kept going," Wedge said. "Both on and off the field for me. There's a lot of strength and personality there. There's leadership qualities there. There's a lot to like with Michael Saunders."

Doug Miller is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.