Mariners activate Michael Saunders from disabled list

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The Mariners have been without Michael Saunders since July 10, but he has been activated from the disabled list and will start in right field tonight against the Astros.

Saunders originally landed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, but his return was delayed due to a viral infection. He was pulled off a minor league rehab assignment and reportedly lost about 12 pounds as a result, but he’s now back to 100 percent and will attempt to help the Mariners make their first playoff appearance since 2001.

Saunders, 27, is batting .276/.327/.434 with six home runs and 28 RBI over 65 games this season.