First baseman Justin Smoak went 1-for-2 with two walks on Thursday and was hitting .250 with a .400 on-base percentage after his first 11 games this season with Triple-A Tacoma.
Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, sidelined since June 29 with a concussion, is working out with Tacoma this week but has not yet started his Minor League rehab assignment. Pitcher Charlie Furbush, out with a strained left biceps, has begun his rehab stint with Tacoma and was expected to throw an inning on Friday night for the Rainiers.
Michael Saunders was given Friday off in order to have back-to-back days of rest for his legs, which have been a little tight recently, according to manager Eric Wedge. But the skipper said that Saunders is fine and would be back in the starting lineup on Saturday.