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Joe Saunders | Starting Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/16/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Orioles signed LHP Joe Saunders to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk.
Saunders will be used as a reliever there, as the Orioles are intrigued about his upside in the bullpen. He could be up with the big club in September if he takes to a relief role at Norfolk. Aug 1 - 5:32 PM

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Royals released LHP Joe Saunders.

Saunders made four starts with Triple-A Omaha, posting a 6.75 ERA. The veteran left-hander will now look to catch on elsewhere.
Jul 29 - 8:24 PM

Royals signed LHP Joe Saunders to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Omaha.

Saunders was cut loose by the Rangers last week after posting a 6.13 ERA over eight starts. He'll serve as rotation depth in Triple-A.
Jul 8 - 2:45 PM

Rangers released LHP Joe Saunders.

Saunders had been designated for assignment earlier in the week after putting up a 6.13 ERA and 2.07 WHIP across eight starts. As bad as the veteran lefty has been this season, a team with rotation issues will surely give him a shot. It just might be on a minor league deal.
Jul 4 - 3:53 PM

Rangers designated LHP Joe Saunders for assignment.

Saunders gets the boot after giving up seven runs over five innings Monday against the Orioles. The veteran southpaw registered an ugly 6.13 ERA and 2.07 WHIP across eight starts with the Rangers this season. The match was a bad fit from the start.
Jul 1 - 3:17 PM

Joe Saunders was lit up for seven runs in five innings by the Orioles in Monday's loss.

Saunders gave up four homers to the Orioles' right-handed hitters, two of them coming from Steve Pearce. He's doing the best he can with his very limited arsenal, but he's having a tough time keeping the Rangers in games at the moment.
Jun 30 - 10:15 PM

Joe Saunders allowed seven hits and three runs -- two earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Indians on Sunday.

Saunders walked four without striking out a single batter in the loss. The southpaw is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in four starts this year, and he can be ignored for the purpose of fantasy baseball. He'll face his former club, the Mariners, in Seattle on Saturday.
Jun 8 - 7:35 PM

Joe Saunders allowed two runs while giving up 10 hits over six innings in a loss to the Orioles on Tuesday.

Saunders was by no means great, but he wasn't the reason the Rangers lost on Tuesday -- after his exit, the bullpen surrendered six runs in the eighth inning. The southpaw walked one and struck out two in his time on the mound. Through three starts with the club, Saunders has a 3.68 ERA and an ugly 1.84 WHIP with 12 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings of work. He'll face the Indians on Sunday.
Jun 3 - 11:24 PM

Joe Saunders got the no-decision, tossing five shutout innings as the Rangers defeated the Twins 1-0 on Wednesday.

Saunders, making his return to the mound after a stint on the disabled list, was quite effective, limiting the Twins to five hits and two walks while striking out six. The lefty is taking Scott Baker's spot in the rotation. While Saunders pitched well, he's risky in all fantasy formats. He'll take the mound against the Orioles at home in his next start.
May 28 - 11:39 PM

Rangers activated LHP Joe Saunders from the 15-day disabled list.

Saunders will join the Rangers' starting rotation on Wednesday against the Twins after missing several weeks with a left ankle injury. He's not a good fantasy bet.
May 28 - 4:19 PM

Rangers manager Ron Washington announced Saturday that Joe Saunders will replace Scott Baker in the Rangers rotation.

Saunders will be activated from the disabled list to start on Wednesday against the Twins in Minnesota. He has seen improved velocity during his minor league rehab stint, but still makes for a questionable streaming option in all fantasy formats. Scott Baker will return to a long relief role in the Rangers bullpen.
May 24 - 1:26 PM

The Rangers haven't decided whether Joe Saunders (ankle) will make another rehab start.

Saunders tossed seven innings of one-run ball in his last rehab outing and proclaimed himself healthy and ready to rejoin the Rangers. "I can’t imagine another rehab outing would be in the picture," Saunders said. The lefty status will likely be determined based on how Scott Baker fares during Friday's start against the Tigers. If he pitches well, he'll remain in the rotation and Saunders will likely get another rehab start. If Baker struggles, Saunders could replace him in the rotation next week.
May 22 - 10:40 PM

Joe Saunders (ankle) could take Robbie Ross' spot in the rotation next week.

Saunders is making a rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, possibly putting him in line to rejoin the Rangers' rotation on May 20. The lefty could also be an option to replace Martin Perez (elbow), who could be headed to the DL. Saunders has been out since early April with a stress fracture in his left ankle.
May 12 - 9:26 PM

The Rangers have told Joe Saunders (ankle) that they want him to prepare for a spot in the bullpen.

Saunders, who landed on the disabled list in early April with a bruised left ankle, threw four innings Tuesday in his first rehab start with Double-A Frisco. The southpaw is expected to make more appearances in the minors as he prepares for his new role.
May 8 - 5:09 PM

Joe Saunders (ankle) worked four innings in an extended spring training game on Friday.

The veteran southpaw threw 46 pitches in the session. He's scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. With Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis back, it's unlikely that there will be a rotation spot ready for Saunders once he's cleared to return.
May 2 - 7:36 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Caleb Joseph
2Nick Hundley
3Steve Clevenger
4Matt Wieters
1B1Chris Davis
2Steve Pearce
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
3Jimmy Paredes
LF1David Lough
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Nick Markakis
DH1Nelson Cruz
2Delmon Young
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Bud Norris
3Miguel Gonzalez
4Johan Santana
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Andrew Miller
5Brian Matusz
6T.J. McFarland
7Brad Brach
8Ubaldo Jimenez