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June 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Saunders says he’s ready — and two minor leaguers suspended for drug use

A couple of quick notes to pass along from Safeco Field tonight prior to Seattle’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Indians.

First, the team earlier today recalled outfielder Michael Saunders, who was placed on the disabled list on June 11 with right AC joint inflammation.

Jesus Montero was sent back to Tacoma to make room for Saunders.

Saunders appeared in five games on rehab assignment with the Tacoma Rainiers, batting .450 with two doubles, one triple, one home run and seven RBI.

And Saunders said the rehab stint was long enough to prove that he is healthy.

“Last year felt like I might have come back a little too early (fro a similar shoulder injury),” Saunders said. “So going down and getting the five games and 15-20 at bats made me trust it, basically. Something that I learned was rehab, usually the last 5-10 percent is trusting that you are healthy and it’s hard to let really let things go and play the way you normally do. I was able to do that without limitations and I wouldn’t be here today unless I was ready.”

Before being placed on the DL, Saunders appeared in 52 games, batting .272 (40×147) with six doubles, three triples, four homers and 25 RBI.

Montero, 24, appeared in five games with the Mariners batting .286 (4×14) with one home run.

— Also, Major League Baseball today announced that minor league outfielders  Jabari Blash and Jamal Austin were suspended  for violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Both players received 50-game suspensions without pay following second positive tests for a drug of abuse.

Blash, an eighth-round pick in 2010, is playing for Triple-A Tacoma, while Austin is with Double-A Jackson. Both suspensions are immediately in effect, according to MLB.

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