The Seattle Mariners placed Michael Saunders on the disabled list yesterday, and now it appears they'll be without another outfielder for some time. Michael Morse sustained a non-displaced fracture of his right pinkie finger last night when he was hit on the hand by a pitch, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com.
More M's: Saunders to DL
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said after the game that he expects Morse to miss three to seven days due to the injury. For this reason, the team could elect to simply keep Morse on the active roster and bench while he recovers, rather than place him on the DL and call up a replacement.
Morse told reporters that he's hoping to be back by Sunday, but he acknowledged that he'll likely have to play through some pain when it comes to gripping a bat. Overall, he doesn't seem very concerned, as he said "it's my pinkie, so I'm not too worried about it."
To replace Saunders -- who's out with a sprained right shoulder -- on the roster, Seattle recalled veteran outfielder Endy Chavez from Triple-A. After Morse's injury, the M's are left with Chavez, Jason Bay, Raul Ibanez and Franklin Gutierrez as active outfielders.
Prior to the injury, Morse was off to a hot start for the Mariners, hitting .293/.341/.732 with six home runs over his first 10 games.