Worth noting

• McClendon said rookie southpaw Roenis Elias "checked out fine" when trainers looked at his left forearm Tuesday after the 25-year-old was removed from Monday's start after 90 pitches due to cramping.

Michael Saunders could be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a strained oblique muscle, McClendon said, but the right fielder still figures to be looking at mid-August or later before he's ready to return.

"He's feeling better," McClendon said. "He's getting better. He may be a little ahead of schedule, but that's going to be a while."

• First-round Draft pick Alex Jackson was diagnosed Tuesday with a small fracture of the maxillary antrum (sinus area) after being hit in the face wiht a line drive in Monday's game for the Mariners' Arizona Rookie League team. Jackson has hit .289 in his first 20 games with 11 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBIs.

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.