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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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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

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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

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM that Michael Saunders (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Saunders, who landed on the disabled list earlier this month with AC joint inflammation in his shoulder, is hitting a lofty .529 (9-for-17) with one homer, two doubles, and a triple over his first four rehab games with Triple-A Tacoma. He should see semi-regular playing time in Seattle's outfield upon his return.
Jun 24 - 12:17 PM

Michael Saunders (shoulder) went 3-for-4 with two RBI, a walk, and two runs scored Friday in his first rehab game with Triple-A Tacoma.

Saunders isn't eligible to be activated until late next week, so he figures to play a few more games in the minors. The 27-year-old outfielder is batting .265/.313/.429 with three home runs and 23 RBI over 52 games this season.
Jun 21 - 10:55 AM

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

Saunders has been cleared for game action after doing some swinging and getting through other drills. He should be activated next weekend when eligible.
Jun 19 - 6:08 PM

Michael Saunders (shoulder) expects to resume swinging a bat in a few days.

Saunders was placed on the disabled list Thursday with a right shoulder injury, but he's not overly concerned. The anticipation is that he'll be ready to return to action when his 15 days are up.
Jun 12 - 7:29 PM

Mariners placed OF Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

Saunders has been battling shoulder soreness off and on for about a week, and the M's will now give him an extended period of rest. He'll be aiming to return when first eligible near the end of June. Seattle is expected to call up a replacement Friday, though there isn't an obvious choice for that promotion at Triple-A Tacoma. The Mariners are already loaded up with mediocre outfielders.
Jun 12 - 2:45 AM

Michael Saunders (shoulder) is back in the Mariners' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Yankees.

Saunders missed three games with a sore right shoulder. An MRI was taken Saturday and turned up negative. He's batting seventh and playing right field in his return to action Tuesday night.
Jun 10 - 4:38 PM

Michael Saunders (shoulder) is out of the Mariners' starting lineup Monday against the Rays.

Saunders has been out since Friday with a sore right shoulder. An MRI was taken and came back negative, so the belief is that it's only a minor issue. Cole Gillespie is starting in right field Monday versus Tampa Bay.
Jun 9 - 11:37 AM

Michael Saunders (shoulder) said Sunday that he expects to return to the Mariners starting lineup "in another day or so".

That's certainly encouraging news as it appears he'll avoid a trip to the disabled list. Saunders was removed early in Friday's game and sat out the rest of the weekend series against the Rays.
Jun 8 - 7:18 PM

An MRI on Michael Saunders' right shoulder came back negative.

Saunders suffered the injury on a swing during Friday's game, but he doesn't have any structural damage. The outfielder is considered day-to-day.
Jun 8 - 11:57 AM

Michael Saunders (shoulder) remains out of the Mariners starting lineup on Saturday.

Saunders is still considered day-to-day after sustaining a minor shoulder injury during Friday's game. Cole Gillespie is getting the start in right field and hitting seventh for the Mariners.
Jun 7 - 12:23 PM

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