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Michael Saunders | Outfielder

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Blue Jays transferred OF Michael Saunders from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
The move clears a spot on the Jays' 40-man roster for reliever Donn Roach, who has been claimed off waivers from the Reds. Saunders (knee) is done for the season. Aug 25 - 4:42 PM

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Michael Saunders (knee) has been shut down for the remainder of the 2015 season.

Saunders is still being bothered by a left knee injury. He was a popular fantasy sleeper heading into 2015 but wound up appearing in just nine games for the Blue Jays. The dynamic 28-year-old outfielder will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.
Aug 18 - 4:32 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) is not expected to rejoin the Blue Jays before the end of August.

Saunders has been progressing in his recovery from a left knee injury, but it's a slow process and he's still a long ways away. He has appeared in just nine games for the Blue Jays this season.
Jul 24 - 7:53 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) will be re-evaluated at the end of July.

An MRI taken last week of Saunders' left knee showed significant healing, but clearly he's still a long ways away from a return. The Blue Jays will hope to get him back at some point during the second half.
Jul 1 - 11:41 AM

An MRI taken Monday on Michael Saunders' left knee showed significant healing.

Saunders underwent surgery over the winter on his left knee and then developed inflammation and a bone bruise when he returned to action. The outfielder told reporters Tuesday that "things are progressing nicely," though there's still no real timetable for his activation from the disabled list.
Jun 23 - 5:33 PM

Dr. James Andrews confirmed that Michael Saunders has a bone bruise in his surgically-repaired left knee.

Saunders told reporters Wednesday that he's going to need another six weeks off, conservatively. The 28-year-old outfielder appeared in only nine games for the Blue Jays before having to head back to the disabled list.
May 20 - 4:52 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) is expected to need 4-6 weeks of rest.

Saunders was placed back on the disabled list last weekend after developing fluid and discomfort in his surgically-repaired left knee. He'll be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday, presumably to ensure that he didn't suffer any new structural damage to the knee. Either way, he's looking at another long recovery period.
May 15 - 5:49 PM

Blue Jays placed OF Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

It certainly appears that Saunders returned from knee surgery a bit too soon, as he dealt with fluid in the knee recently and now the Jays have decided to go ahead and put him back on the DL. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Chris Colabello and Danny Valencia should see plenty of time in left field while Saunders is on the shelf.
May 10 - 9:35 AM

Michael Saunders (knee) has returned to the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

Saunders had a few days off after receiving a cortisone shot and fluid drained in his surgically-repaired knee. He'll bat seventh against opposing right-hander Joe Kelly.
May 9 - 10:38 AM

Michael Saunders (knee) is available off the bench Friday.

Saunders remains out of the lineup Friday, but that's mainly because the Blue Jays are facing a lefty (Wade Miley). His surgically-repaired left knee is feeling much better and he'll be back in there Saturday.
May 8 - 4:21 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday.

Saunders has had fluid drained and received a cortisone shot due to swelling in his surgically-repaired left knee. The Jays don't plan to place him on the disabled list, but it's unclear when he'll be ready to return to the lineup. Chris Colabello is in left field Wednesday.
May 6 - 3:43 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) is out again Tuesday.

Saunders had fluid drained from his surgically-repaired knee on Monday and the Jays intend to rest him until at least Friday. The 28-year-old left fielder is batting just .222 with a .566 OPS since his debut.
May 5 - 4:38 PM

Michael Saunders had fluid drained from his surgically-repaired left knee on Monday.

The Blue Jays don't seem to be overly worried about it, as while Saunders is not starting, he's available off the bench. The outfielder is batting just .222 with a .566 OPS in his first eight games back from the disabled list.
May 4 - 4:37 PM

Michael Saunders is out of Toronto's lineup Monday.

It's just a day of rest for Saunders, who's batting .222 with a .566 OPS in his first eight games back from knee surgery. Danny Valencia is in left field and batting seventh for the Blue Jays on Monday night against Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley.
May 4 - 3:32 PM

Michael Saunders went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Friday against the Indians.

Saunders, who got a late start on the season after knee surgery and a hamstring issue, is now just 2-for-20 (.100) with nine strikeouts since coming off the disabled list. Despite the early struggles, the 28-year-old is in a great position to be relevant in mixed fantasy leagues.
May 1 - 10:27 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3Maicer Izturis
4Munenori Kawasaki
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Ben Revere
2Chris Colabello
3Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Marco Estrada
5Drew Hutchison
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Aaron Sanchez
3Brett Cecil
4Mark Lowe
5LaTroy Hawkins
6Liam Hendriks
7Bo Schultz
8Aaron Loup
9Jeff Francis
10Ryan Tepera