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Michael Saunders | Outfielder | #5

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 228
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Tallahassee (FL) CC
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 11 (0) / SEA
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Michael Saunders drilled a two-run homer in a loss to the Rockies on Wednesday.
He took reliever Mike Dunn deep in the eighth inning with his team down by seven runs. Saunders went 1-for-2 with a walk in the game and is now batting .229/.279/.403 with five home runs and 17 RBI on the season. May 24 - 11:47 PM

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Michael Saunders is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies.

Saunders is hitless over his last four games and owns an ugly .227/.273/.383 batting line through 41 games on the year. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is giving Ty Kelly a shot in left field on Monday, with Aaron Altherr starting in right field.
May 23 - 3:11 PM

Michael Saunders went 0-for-4 in the Phillies' loss to the Pirates on Sunday.

Saunders hit cleanup for Philadelphia on Sunday, for some odd reason. The veteran outfielder is slashing just .232/.279/.391 in 40 games this season.
May 21 - 6:09 PM

Michael Saunders (groin) went 0-for-2 in his return to action on Friday.

Saunders didn't start for the Phillies in this one, but came on in relief of Daniel Nava. It seems as though the injury was minor and shouldn't impact him going forward. Look for him to return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
May 20 - 8:16 AM

Michael Saunders' left groin injury isn't considered serious.

Saunders departed Thursday's game versus the Rangers with tightness in his groin, but it looks like it's a day-to-day situation. Still he figures to be sidelined for at least a couple games. "They told me they don't think it's serious," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "His groin area was pulling on him. He was concerned, but it's not like he pulled it."
May 19 - 9:29 AM

Michael Saunders left Thursday's game against the Rangers with left groin tightness.

Ty Kelly came on to replace him in the bottom of the sixth inning. Saunders went 1-for-2 with a triple before exiting. Consider him day-to-day.
May 18 - 4:53 PM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 and cracked a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

The Phillies were already down 9-0 when he took Andrew Cashner deep in the seventh inning but they all count the same in fantasy leagues. Saunders is batting .246/.296/.405 with four homers, 18 runs and 15 RBI through 135 plate appearances.
May 18 - 12:03 AM

Michael Saunders went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.

Saunders will be fortunate if he continues to start against right-handers after Howie Kendrick comes off the disabled list. He's hitting just .238 with three homers in 122 at-bats, and it's not like he makes up for it with plus defense these days.
May 16 - 11:25 PM

Michael Saunders ripped a two-run homer on Tuesday against the Mariners.

Saunders belted the first of back-to-back shots in the first inning off of Ariel Miranda, as Tommy Joseph followed him with a solo blast of his own. It's the outfielder's second longball already in May after he had one in April.
May 9 - 11:08 PM

Michael Saunders is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

Daniel Nava will play left field while Aaron Altherr slides over to right. The Phillies also have Brock Stassi at first base over Tommy Joseph and Andrew Knapp at catcher over Cameron Rupp.

Michael Saunders has been scratched from Thursday's game against the Mets because of an illness.

Aaron Altherr will take over in right field and bat fifth against Mets ace Noah Syndergaard. Saunders hasn't done much in the early going, hitting just .271 with no homers and six RBI over 48 at-bats. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 20 - 6:04 PM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

His RBI single in the eighth inning knotted the score at 3-3 but the Mets retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Saunders has yet to deliver much of an impact in his first season in Philadelphia. He owns a pedestrian .271/.314/.354 slash line with zero homers and six RBI through 50 at-bats.
Apr 19 - 10:28 PM

Michael Saunders went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's big win over the Nationals.

He had an RBI single and a run-scoring double in the Phillies' mammoth first inning onslaught. He later singled and scored in the sixth inning when the game was all but decided. He entered the game with a .100 batting average and left with a .267 batting average. Saunders is in his first year with the Phillies and should start nearly every day, although he could sit against some left-handed starters. Last year as a Blue Jay he was one of the best hitters in the league the first few months before fading badly after the All Star break (.923 OPS first half, .638 OPS second half).
Apr 9 - 12:37 AM

Michael Saunders was removed from Friday's game as a precaution after being hit in the right hand by a pitch.

Saunders simply has a bruise and will be fine. He's batting .213 with one homer this spring.
Mar 24 - 3:39 PM

Michael Saunders departed Friday's game against the Yankees after being hit on the right hand by a pitch.

Saunders went to first base after being plunked but was then removed. The Phillies should have an update on the outfielder before long, but Saunders will likely be sent for X-rays.
Mar 24 - 2:37 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Cameron Rupp
2Andrew Knapp
1B1Tommy Joseph
2Brock Stassi
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Aaron Altherr
2Howie Kendrick
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Michael Saunders
2Daniel Nava
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Aaron Nola
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Vince Velasquez
5Zach Eflin
6Clay Buchholz
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Neris
2Joaquin Benoit
3Jeanmar Gomez
4Pat Neshek
5Edubray Ramos
6Joely Rodriguez
7Mark Leiter
8Luis Garcia
9Ben Lively
10Adam Morgan