08/14/10 6:27 PM ET
Bradley to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery
By John Barone / MLB.com
There is no timetable for Bradley's return to the Seattle lineup, though that could change following the results of the operation scheduled to be performed by Reds team physician Dr. Timothy Kremchek.
Bradley, currently on the 15-day disabled list with right knee tendinitis, has not played since July 26.
"We want to find out what's going on," Mariners interim manager Daren Brown said. "He's obviously had some pain and discomfort. Hopefully, they can clean it up a little bit and we'll go from there. We'll wait and see. We'll let the doctors do their thing and they'll give us an idea."
"I have nothing to say," he said.
Acquired from the Cubs in December, the 32-year-old Bradley is batting .205 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs in 73 games this season.
"It's always tough when you're not on the field," Brown said. "I don't think anybody looks forward to surgery, so I would say it's disappointing. But there's also a little bit of relief, because we'll hopefully find out what's causing the discomfort."
Saunders to see plenty of playing time
CLEVELAND -- Michael Saunders will receive every opportunity to prove himself to the Mariners in these final weeks of the 2010 season.
Seattle plans to award Saunders a heavy dose of playing time in an effort to gauge the 23-year-old left fielder at the Major League level.
"He's a kid who we as an organization feel needs to play," Mariners interim manager Daren Brown said. "We'll give him a chance and see where he's at."
Through Friday's action, Saunders was hitting .234 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 69 games this season. Seattle's 11th-round selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Saunders has batted .288 (15-for-52) in 19 contests since the All-Star break.
"We've been excited by what we've seen in the last month or so," Brown said. "I see more confidence from him right now. If you have a little bit of success, I think it tends to breed more confidence. Hopefully, as he continues to have success up here he'll continue to be more and more confident and we'll see him put up the numbers we think he's capable of."
And until Saunders maximizes that potential, Brown and his staff will continue to guide the youngster's development.
"With a young kid like him being up here, I think it's important to continue to work on things," Brown said. "Sometimes, I think when kids come up here we think they're ready to go as big leaguers. They're still young kids and they still have things to work on. I think it's important for us to continue to do that, to help him work on his overall game, both defensively and offensively.
"From there, it's about giving him a chance to be the player we think he can be."
Pauley feeling good after first career win
CLEVELAND -- David Pauley still had a smile on his face Saturday afternoon. One could hardly blame him.
The 27-year-old righty notched his first Major League victory Friday night, tossing six innings of two-run ball in the Mariners' 3-2 victory against the Indians at Progressive Field.
Not surprisingly, Pauley received plenty of congratulatory phone calls and text messages for the accomplishment, which came in his 11th career big league start.
"It's been a few years," said Pauley, who debuted with the Red Sox in 2006.
Pauley saved two baseballs from Friday's game -- one for his wife, another for his daughter.
Sean White, Brandon League and David Aardsma each worked a scoreless inning to secure Pauley's win.
Did Pauley have any doubts?
"I had no bad feelings about it," Pauley said. "[White]'s been throwing the ball amazing since he's been here, [League]'s been doing good all year and [Aardsma]'s been the clutch guy for us in those situations.
"I knew we were going to come away with a win."
The Mariners' 3-2 victory against the Indians on Friday night at Progressive Field snapped a seven-game road losing streak. ... Friday marked right fielder Ichiro Suzuki's fourth three-strikeout game this season. ... Reliever Brandon League entered Saturday's contest sporting a 0.57 ERA over his past 13 appearances. ... Second baseman Chone Figgins had recorded a hit in 13 of 16 games through Friday's action, batting .371 (23-for-62) during that stretch.
John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.