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Michael Saunders | Outfielder

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Michael Saunders (oblique, viral infection) is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.
He'll start in right field and bat eighth. Saunders hasn't played in a game for the Mariners since July 10 due to a strained oblique and a viral infection. Sep 8 - 5:38 PM

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Mariners activated OF Michael Saunders from the 15-day disabled list.

Saunders originally landed on the disabled list in mid-July with a strained oblique, but his return was pushed back following a viral infection. He returns to a .276/.327/.434 batting line to go along with six homers over 65 games.
Sep 8 - 4:54 PM

Michael Saunders (oblique, virus) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Saunders went on the DL back in mid-July with a strained oblique, but a viral infection has plagued him more recently. He's hitting .276/.327/.434 with six homers over 65 games this season.
Sep 7 - 1:51 PM

Michael Saunders (viral infection) has resumed workouts at the Mariners' spring training complex.

Saunders has lost about 12 pounds while battling the illness over the last two weeks. He originally went on the DL with a strained oblique, but that's no longer an issue. "He's down there taking [batting practice], fly balls, working out, facing some living pitching," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We're trying to get him ready. I don't know if it's going to happen or not, but we're trying."
Sep 2 - 9:22 PM

Michael Saunders (oblique) is still battling a viral infection.

The infection caused Saunders to be pulled off his rehab assignment last weekend. It doesn't sound like he'll be ready for activation when rosters expand on September 1. Saunders has been out since mid-July. "I know he’s lost 7 or 8 pounds," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We just need to get him back out there. I would imagine so."
Aug 29 - 10:27 AM

Michael Saunders (oblique) has been recalled from his rehab assignment due to a viral infection.

Saunders has already sat out a few games and now can't resume his rehab assignment for at least another five days. He'll be activated by the Mariners next month.
Aug 24 - 10:34 AM

Michael Saunders (oblique) has missed the last couple games on his rehab assignment due to a virus.

Saunders could miss an additional 2-3 contests. He's already played in 10 rehab games, but the Mariners are taking things slowly with his rehab. They might wait until rosters expand to activate him.
Aug 22 - 2:48 PM

Michael Saunders (oblique) remains a few days away from rejoining the Mariners.

Saunders has already played in five rehab games, but he'll now miss a few days in order to attend the birth of his child. He should be activated by this weekend.
Aug 11 - 6:35 PM

Michael Saunders (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.

He was cleared for game action after getting in a full workout Tuesday with no issues. Saunders has recovered more slowly than expected from a strained left oblique but has obviously turned a corner. He should be activated early next week.
Aug 6 - 2:19 PM

The Mariners hope Michael Saunders (oblique) will be ready to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday.

The outfielder will get in a full workout with the club on Tuesday. He's recovered more slowly than expected from a strained left oblique but does appear to have turned a corner. Saunders should be activated within a week or so if he can avoid setbacks.
Aug 5 - 6:35 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday that Michael Saunders (oblique) could be ready to begin a rehab assignment late this week.

Saunders has recovered more slowly than expected from a strained left oblique. He'll take Sunday off from batting practice but should resume swinging Monday as he inches back to game action.
Aug 3 - 11:25 AM

Michael Saunders (oblique) is not ready to begin a rehab assignment.

Saunders' progress from a strained left oblique has been slow, as he still can't swing a bat at 100 percent. He'll be re-evaluated on Monday.
Aug 1 - 5:36 PM

Michael Saunders (oblique) took batting practice Wednesday and could be on a rehab assignment as soon as the weekend.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Saunders still isn't swinging at 100 percent and that "it's going to take some time," but McClendon had hopes Saunders will be advanced enough to begin a rehab assignment this weekend. Saunders has been on the disabled list since July 11 due to an oblique strain. He was hitting .276/.327/.434 before the injury.
Jul 30 - 8:10 PM

Michael Saunders will take on-field batting practice Tuesday for the first time since straining his oblique.

If all goes smoothly, Saunders could begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week. The outfielder has been on the disabled list since July 11.
Jul 29 - 4:04 PM

Michael Saunders (oblique) began taking swings in the indoor batting cages on Friday.

It's seen as a good sign in the outfielder's recovery from a strained left oblique. He has been sidelined since July 11, and is likely to need a minor league rehab assignment before returning, so don't expect him back with the M's until early August.
Jul 25 - 7:45 PM

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