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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) is out again Tuesday.
Saunders had fluid drained from his surgically-repaired knee on Monday and the Jays intend to rest him for much of this week. The 28-year-old left fielder is batting just .222 with a .566 OPS since his debut. May 5 - 4:38 PM

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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

Michael Saunders is out of the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Indians.

He'll sit against left-hander T.J. House. Danny Valencia, Dalton Pompey, and Kevin Pillar will start in the outfield while Jose Bautista serves as the designated hitter.

Michael Saunders is starting in right field and hitting seventh in the Blue Jays lineup against the Rays on Saturday.

It's Saunders' first game as a member of the Blue Jays. He draws a dream matchup against Erasmo Ramirez in this outing and should be targeted in all daily leagues where he's available.
Apr 25 - 3:06 PM

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

Saunders had minor knee surgery during spring training, but has made a quick recovery and is ready to get his season back on track. With his blend of power and speed and playing in the friendly confines of the Rogers Centre, he could be very relevant in mixed leagues.
Apr 24 - 10:32 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

The Blue Jays had been considering bringing him back Friday, but with the Rays sending a lefty (Drew Smyly) to the mound, it made sense to wait another day. Saunders got a late start to the season after having minor knee surgery, but he's an interesting fantasy option in deeper leagues with Rogers Centre as his new home.
Apr 24 - 4:57 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) will play another rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

The Blue Jays had left open the possibility that Saunders would be activated from the disabled list on Friday, but they've decided to give him one more rehab game. Blue Jays Alex Anthopoulos told MLB Network Radio that he expects the outfielder to be activated "I would think in the next day or two."
Apr 24 - 12:27 PM

Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) could debut Friday.

That's what Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. Saunders has been out all season recovering from February knee surgery, and he injured his hamstring earlier this month on a minor league rehab assignment. But everything has gone smoothly over the past week. The 28-year-old outfielder should carry deep-league value in the potent Toronto offense.
Apr 21 - 4:16 PM

Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) is expected to resume his rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

It was reported previously that he'd be back to game action on Tuesday after his right hamstring tightened up on him Sunday, but he apparently needed a few extra days. Saunders ran sprints and the bases Wednesday before being cleared to return. With Kevin Pillar playing so well, the Blue Jays can afford to take their time with Saunders.
Source: Sportsnet
Apr 17 - 10:10 AM

Michael Saunders (knee, hamstring) will resume his rehab assignment on Tuesday.

Saunders will rest on Monday after leaving Sunday's game with a tight hamstring, but he tested out the hammy and feels OK. The Blue Jays are hoping he'll be ready for activation at some point during their 10-game homestand.
Apr 13 - 4:11 PM

Blue Jays manager Alex Anthopoulos said Sunday that Michael Saunders (knee) will spend the next few days rebuilding the stamina in his legs.

Anthopoulos said "he would hope" that Saunders would be ready to rejoin the Blue Jays during their upcoming 10-game homestand, but that they wouldn't force the issue. He was removed from his minor league rehab game on Sunday due to tightness in his hamstring.
Source: Sportsnet
Apr 12 - 7:24 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) left a rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Sunday with a tight hamstring.

The Blue Jays are calling his removal precautionary, but it's not clear when he'll return to game action. Saunders was hoping to be activated from the disabled list later this week, but that could be in jeopardy now.
Apr 12 - 3:21 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored Saturday at High-A Dunedin.

Saunders also made his first start in left field and reported no issues with his surgically-repaired knee. He should be ready to join the Blue Jays' active roster late next week. Kevin Pillar has been filling in.
Apr 11 - 11:39 PM

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2B1Devon Travis
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SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
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3B1Josh Donaldson
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LF1Michael Saunders
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CF1Dalton Pompey
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