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Saunders to resume rehab after birth of son

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SEATTLE -- Manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that Michael Saunders' wife has given birth to their second child, a baby boy, and the Mariners right fielder will now resume his Minor League rehab stint with Triple-A Tacoma.

Saunders, 27, has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle in his left side since July 11. He's hit .353 in five games with Tacoma, but now will need some more playing time with the Rainiers before being ready to rejoin the Mariners.

"He's not going to come right here, no," McClendon said. "He's got to go get some at-bats. Michael and I have had that conversation. He texted me the other day and said, 'I'm ready.' I said, 'Good, keep playing.'"

McClendon said the hope is that Saunders can rejoin Tacoma on Thursday in New Orleans, though that wasn't a definite yet.

Saunders has hit .276 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 65 games for Seattle this season, with two stints now on the DL with a right shoulder injury and now the oblique strain. In five games with Tacoma on this rehab stint, he's gone 6-for-17 with a double, three runs, two RBIs and seven walks.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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