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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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Michael Saunders (knee) said he hopes to start light running exercises in the next few days.
Saunders has been hitting in minor league games in recent days, but he's yet to run the bases. The outfielder is recovering from February knee surgery and, while he won't be ready for the season, Saunders could return by mid-April if all goes well. Mar 28 - 5:11 PM

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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has acknowledged Michael Saunders (knee) won't be ready for Opening Day.

It's impressive that Saunders even made it close after undergoing surgery in late February on his left knee. He should be ready to rock by the middle of April and carries fantasy sleeper potential as the primary left fielder on what should be a potent Blue Jays squad. The 28-year-old hit .273 with eight homers and a .791 OPS in 78 games last season for the Mariners.
Mar 26 - 9:41 AM

Michael Saunders (knee) will get some at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday.

Saunders, who had knee surgery in late February, returned to action in a minor league game last Thursday. The original expectation was that he would miss the start of the season, but he's way ahead of schedule. He makes for a nice late-round flier in mixed fantasy league drafts.
Mar 24 - 11:48 AM

Michael Saunders (knee) went 1-for-5 in a minor league game Thursday in Blue Jays camp.

Saunders told reporters after the game that he didn't feel a thing in his left knee, which needed surgery in late February. The initial timetable for his recovery was several months, but the procedure didn't have to be as invasive as originally expected and there's now talk of him being ready for Opening Day. Saunders carries fantasy sleeper potential into the 2015 season.
Mar 19 - 3:01 PM

Michael Saunders is (knee) scheduled to play in a minor league game on Thursday.

He’ll be used in the designated hitter spot and will not run the bases. Saunders has made a rapid recovery from surgery to remove 60 percent of the meniscus from his left knee and has a shot to be ready for Opening Day. "He's doing well," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "Every time I see him, he always knows I'm going to ask him just to make sure he doesn't take any chances and he assures me that if he's not ready with his timing, he'll take a few more days just to get the timing. I think from a health standpoint, he's going to end up being there. He hasn't had a spring training, so it'll be at-bats."
Mar 17 - 10:54 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) expects to take live batting practice on Wednesday.

Another encouraging sign for Saunders, who underwent surgery 10 days ago to remove part of the meniscus in his left knee. According to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi, Saunders has a "good chance" of playing on Opening Day. Saunders was initially set to miss 4-6 weeks, but he's done a great job of shortening that timetable.
Mar 11 - 9:15 AM

Michael Saunders (knee) is expected to hit in the cage Tuesday.

Saunders underwent surgery about 10 days to remove part of the meniscus in his left knee. The original timeline called for him to miss 4-6 weeks, but he is making some incredible progress. He could be ready in the early part of April at this rate.
Mar 10 - 9:39 AM

Michael Saunders (knee) said he felt "fantastic" after taking 25 swings off a tee and running on a treadmill.

Saunders has made remarkable progress after having surgery just over a week ago to remove part of the meniscus in his left knee. The Blue Jays haven't ruled out him getting in some Grapefruit League action before the end of the schedule, and the outfielder appears poised to miss only a limited number of regular season games.
Mar 8 - 12:34 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) played catch for the second straight day Friday.

He's also hoping to take swings off a tee on Friday. "Everything [in knee] feels stable, strong and healthy," Saunders said. The outfielder underwent surgery a week ago to remove part of the meniscus in his left knee but could be ready to return as soon as mid-April. Saunders will be the Blue Jays' left fielder once he's recovered.
Mar 6 - 10:09 AM

Michael Saunders underwent successful surgery Friday to remove 60 percent of the meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

Initially, the Blue Jays feared he'd be sidelined until around the All-Star break. But the tear wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been and the surgeons were able to fix it simply by trimming the meniscus. With a return set around mid-April, the Jays are no longer forced to scrounge up a suitable replacement and will roll with in-house options to cover left field until Saunders is recovered.
Feb 27 - 7:09 PM

Michael Saunders tore the meniscus in his left knee Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler and will likely be out until the All-Star break.

He'll have surgery on Friday. It's awful news for the Blue Jays, who were excited about Saunders' potential as their everyday left fielder. The 28-year-old will undergo surgery on the knee next week and his rehabilitation is expected to take close to five months. He was acquired from the Mariners on December 3 for starter J.A. Happ and agreed to a one-year, $2.875 million contract with Toronto on January 16, avoiding arbitration. Kevin Pillar may get the first look in left field. Bringing in outside help is also an option for the Jays.
Feb 26 - 8:28 AM

Blue Jays and OF Michael Saunders avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.875 million contract.

It's right at the $2.9 million MLBTradeRumors.com projected him to earn in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Acquired via trade from the Mariners in December, Saunders batted batting .273/.341/.450 over 78 games in an injury-shortened 2014 campaign. He'll be the Blue Jays' left fielder in 2015.
Jan 16 - 12:41 PM

Blue Jays acquired OF Michael Saunders from the Mariners for LHP J.A. Happ.

The one-for-one swap is likely a precursor to other deals for both teams. Saunders, 28, will be the everyday left fielder for the Jays. He was pretty good when healthy in 2014, batting .273/.341/.450 in 78 games. The move to Rogers Centre should help his fantasy stock.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 06:56:00 PM

The Blue Jays have acquired Michael Saunders from the Mariners for J.A. Happ, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

Saunders' name has been in trade rumors in recent days, so it's no surprise he's on the move. It's also no surprise he's headed to the Jays, as they've been in the market for an outfielder. Happ's exit could open a rotation spot for Aaron Sanchez in Toronto.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 06:06:00 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Rangers have checked in with the Mariners about Michael Saunders.

Crasnick reported a few weeks ago that the M's are prepared to shop Saunders "hard" this winter, and Texas reportedly has some interest. Saunders is arbitration-eligible for the second time after an injury-plagued 2014. The 28-year-old outfielder has put up some promising numbers in the past.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 03:59:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Jake Fox
2B1Maicer Izturis
2Ryan Goins
3Devon Travis
4Ramon Santiago
5Steve Tolleson
SS1Jose Reyes
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Dayan Viciedo
3Andy Dirks
CF1Dalton Pompey
2Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
2Chris Colabello
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Marco Estrada
7Johan Santana
8Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brett Cecil
2Aaron Loup
3Todd Redmond
4Miguel Castro
5Preston Guilmet
6Matt West
7Roberto Osuna
8Gregory Infante