Worth noting

• Right fielder Michael Saunders continues to be sidelined from his rehab stint with Tacoma by a viral infection. Saunders has lost seven to eight pounds, according to McClendon, and is likely still a few days from returning.

• McClendon said somewhere from six to nine players would likely be added to the roster when September callups are allowed after Tacoma's season ends on Monday.

• Outfielder Chris Denorfia's sore neck was improved on Wednesday, but McClendon said he hoped to give the veteran the day off in order to let him get back to 100 percent. Catcher Jesus Sucre was fine and available to play after taking a hard foul ball off his mask late in Tuesday's game.

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.