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SEATTLE -- Mariners slugger Michael Morse, currently tied for the major league lead with six homers, could be out up to a week after suffering a small fracture in the little finger of his right hand.
Morse was hurt in the seventh inning of Seattle's 4-3 loss to Texas on Thursday night. Morse was hit on the hand by a pitch from Tanner Scheppers as he attempted to check his swing. After being examined by trainers, Morse finished the at-bat -- during which he was hit by a pitch in the shoulder -- before leaving the game.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge said the fracture was non-displaced and Morse could miss between three and seven days. Morse said he hoped he could be back by Sunday.Also Thursday, outfielder Michael Saunders was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. The initial fear was that Saunders broke his collarbone after crashing into the outfield wall Wednesday night in the first inning against Houston. "I definitely thought something was wrong," Saunders said Thursday. "However, out of a bad situation this was the best case and the best outcome that could have happened." Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.