Worth noting

• Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders, placed on the 15-day disabled list July 11 with a strained left oblique, began hitting off a tee this week. McClendon said Saunders could accompany Seattle on its road trip next week, before adding that it will "be a while" before Saunders is healthy. Saunders became eligible to come off the DL on Saturday.

• The club placed veteran utility man Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week with a right knee contusion after Bloomquist was injured trying to leg out an infield single in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Mets. Bloomquist underwent an MRI on Thursday, the results of which haven't been disclosed.

"I just saw him hopping along the hallway," McClendon said. "It hurts like [heck]."

• Outfielder Endy Chavez was scratched nearly a half-hour before Saturday's first pitch due to a jammed pinky finger on his left hand. Corey Hart started in his place and batted sixth.

Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.