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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) 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

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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

Mariners placed OF Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Saunders suffered the injury during Thursday's game. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined, but typically oblique strains put players on the shelf for at least three weeks. Justin Smoak has replaced Saunders on the roster.
Jul 11 - 5:37 PM

Michael Saunders left Thursday's game against the Twins in the eighth inning with a possible oblique injury.

Saunders checked a swing against reliever Casey Fien and immediately grabbed his back ribcage, a tweak that may have occurred as he attempted to halt his momentum. The outfielder just returned from the disabled list on June 27 (shoulder). Seattle has not yet addressed his prognosis. A disabled list stint is possible.
Jul 11 - 1:07 AM

Michael Saunders hit his sixth homer of the season in Monday's 2-0 win over the Twins.

Saunders finished 1-for-3 with a walk. He is now 7-for-22 (.318) in July with three RBI and four walks. Seattle's right fielder is slashing .266/.322/.435 -- all numbers significantly better than his career marks -- to go with six homers and 28 RBI in 62 games.
Jul 8 - 12:52 AM

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

Saunders wound up missing the minimum amount of time with a right shoulder injury. The outfielder was batting .265/.313/.429 in 52 games this season before going down earlier this month.
Jun 27 - 3:20 PM

Michael Saunders (shoulder) is expected to take batting practice before Wednesday's game.

Assuming all goes well, Saunders will be activated on Friday. The outfielder is hitting .265/.313/.429 in 52 games this season.
Jun 25 - 6:51 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Chris Taylor
2Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Endy Chavez
CF1Austin Jackson
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Denorfia
DH1Kendrys Morales
2Corey Hart
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Chris Young
5Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Brandon Maurer
4Yoervis Medina
5Charlie Furbush
6Tom Wilhelmsen
7Joe Beimel
8Dominic Leone