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Michael Saunders | Outfielder

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Michael Saunders underwent successful surgery on Friday to remove 60% of the meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks.
Initially, the team feared he'd be sidelined until around the All-Star break, though the tear wasn't as bad as they had feared and they were able to get by simply 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

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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

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Mariners are expected to shop Michael Saunders "hard" at next week's GM meetings.

Saunders is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and Crasnick writes that both sides appear ready to move on. The 27-year-old earned $2.3 million this season while batting .273/.341/.450 with eight home runs and 34 RBI over 78 games. His season could have looked a lot better if he didn't miss so much time due to injury. He should draw plenty of interest if the M's truly intend to shop him.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Michael Saunders had a pair of RBI doubles Sunday, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Angels.

Saunders swatted an RBI double in the second inning before doubling in a run and scoring in the fourth. Injuries wrecked what could have been a big year for the 27-year-old, as Saunders finished with just 78 games played. He hit .273/.341/.450 with eight homers and 34 RBI on the year.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 08:46:00 PM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth homer as the Mariners edged the Angels 4-3 on Friday.

The Mariners lived to fight for at least one more day, thanks to homers from Kendrys Morales, Saunders and Dustin Ackley. The homer was Saunders' second in 32 at-bats since he came off the disabled list. He'll likely sit against lefty C.J. Wilson on Saturday, but he should be back in there on Sunday.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 01:30:00 AM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

Saunders was one of the few Mariners hitters able to muster some offense against Collin McHugh, as his two-run home run in the fifth inning gave the M's a short-lived lead. The homer was his seventh of the season and his first since coming back from a strained oblique in early September. Saunders is hitting .267/.332/.424 on the year.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 07:24:00 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 05:38:00 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 04:54:00 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.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 01:51:00 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."
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 09:22:00 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."
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:27:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Matt Hague
3Daric Barton
4Jake Fox
2B1Maicer Izturis
2Ryan Goins
3Steve Tolleson
4Ramon Santiago
SS1Jose Reyes
2Jonathan Diaz
3Munenori Kawasaki
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Dayan Viciedo
3Andy Dirks
4Chris Dickerson
CF1Dalton Pompey
2Kevin Pillar
3Ezequiel Carrera
4Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Caleb Gindl
DH1Justin Smoak
2Chris Colabello
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1R.A. Dickey
2Mark Buehrle
3Drew Hutchison
4Marcus Stroman
5Aaron Sanchez
6Marco Estrada
7Daniel Norris
8Johan Santana
9Andrew Albers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brett Cecil
2Aaron Loup
3Todd Redmond
4Chad Jenkins
5Ryan Tepera
6Scott Barnes
7Preston Guilmet
8Matt West
9Gregory Infante
10Jeff Francis
11Scott Copeland
12Cory Burns
13Wilton Lopez
14Greg Burke