Sunday September 7th, 2014

Seattle Mariners' left fielder Dustin Ackley says he should only miss "a game or two" due to an ankle injury sustained Saturday night, according to's Shannon Drayer.

Drayer first tweeted about Ackley's injury last night, saying manager Lloyd McClendon was unsure of the extent or specificity of Ackley's injury. But Ackley addressed the issue this morning, noting that he expected to be back within a few games and that the injury is not related to a previous issue he's had with bone spurs.

Ackley homers, 4 RBI sent Mariners over Nationals

Seattle Times beat reporter Ryan Divish added Ackley believes he will be healthy enough to play in the team's Monday game against the Houston Astros.

After a slow start to the season, the 2009 MLB draft's second overall pick is emerging as a key piece of the Mariners' playoff run.​ Ackley is hitting .251 with 11 home runs and 60 runs batted in.

The Mariners entered play Sunday 1.5 games ahead in the final wild card slot over the Detroit Tigers.

- Will Green

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