Seattle Jay Buhner, the Seattle Mariners outfielder sidelined all season by a sore left arch, is expected to start a rehabilitation assignment Monday at Triple-A Tacoma.
"I'm going to try to be as cautious as I can," Buhner said before Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox. "But it's either going to hold up or it isn't going to hold up."
Buhner has been forced to sit on the bench and watch the entire year because of his ailing arch. He had surgery June 12 to remove scar tissue and repair a small tear in the plantar fascia.
Buhner will be 37 on Monday. He ran sprints fielded balls in left field and took batting practice Friday.
The Mariners would like to have Buhner spend two weeks with Tacoma, of the Pacific Coast League, and Class A Everett, of the Northwest League. He could be added to Seattle's roster when it expands from 25 to 40 players on Sept. 1, but the team has not said what its plans are for him.
Tacoma is at home Monday night against Salt Lake City.
"He's not going to have to leave the area," manager Lou Piniella said.
Buhner has been on the disabled list since March 1. He will be eligible for the playoffs.