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55 Michael Saunders RF
Height/Weight: 6-4/225 | Birthdate: 11/19/1986 | Birthplace: Victoria, B.C., CAN | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Seattle | College: Tallahasee CC FL | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $512,600 | Owned/Started%: 9/1 | Average Draft Position: 313.97
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Michael Saunders recalled from rehab with viral infection


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders has been recalled from his rehab assignment due to a viral infection, the Seattle Times reports.

Saunders will have to wait five days before he can be sent out on another rehab assignment. He's been on the disabled list since mid-July with a back issue.


Michael Saunders dealing with illness on assignment


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders might miss the next two or three games on his minor-league rehab assignment, as he is battling the flu, manager Lloyd McClendon told the Seattle Times Friday. 

Saunders, who is on assignment as he recovers from a back injury, might need extra time on assignment given his absence. His assignment is set to end Aug. 26, but the Times reports the team may figure out how to get him more time


Mariners in no rush to activate Michael Saunders


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday outfielder Michael Saunders (back) will make his return from the disabled list when he's ready. McClendon does not want to bring him back from a rehab assignment unless his timing is down offensively.

"Don't waste games here," McClendon said, per MLB.com. "It's too important. We've got to win them here. We ain't here to get timing down. We're here to win."


Michael Saunders to resume rehab Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will resume his rehab assignment Thursday, according to the Tacoma News Tribune

Saunders missed a few games in order to attend the birth of his child. He's been out since July 10 with an oblique injury. Saunders hit .276/.327/.434 over 196 at-bats prior to the issue. 


Michael Saunders leaves rehab for birth of child


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will leave his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma for a few days to attend the birth of his child, the Tacoma News Tribune reports Monday. Saunders has been out since July 10 with an oblique strain. He started rehab assignment on Thursday and has five hits through his first 14 at-bats.

Michael Saunders reaches base twice in first rehab game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders started a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Tacoma. Saunders reached base twice in his first game action since suffering an oblique strain. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk. 

Michael Saunders set to start rehab stint Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) What was hoped has been confirmed - Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will begin a rehab assignment Thursday for Triple-A Tacoma.

Saunders has been out since July 10 with an oblique strain. He will attempt to pick up where he left off upon his return to Seattle. He had 10 hits in his last 26 at-bats before going down.


Michael Saunders to work out in full Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will participate fully in workouts Tuesday, the Tacoma News-Tribune reports.

The team is hopeful that Saunders will be ready to begin a rehab assignment Thursday. He has been sidelined since July 10 with an oblique strain.


Michael Saunders might start rehab assignment late in week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said outfielder Michael Saunders (oblique) might begin a rehab assignment late this week, per MLB.com. He took a day off from batting practice Sunday.

Michael Saunders not ready for rehab work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that outfielder Michael Saunders is not ready to start a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend, per the Seattle Times. Saunders, who is working his way back from a back injury, will be re-evaluated on Monday in Seattle. He has been sidelined since July 10 due to a strained oblique.

Michael Saunders closing in on rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon remains hopeful that outfielder Michael Saunders will be able to begin a rehab assignment by the weekend, MLB.com reports.

Saunders isn't swinging the bat at 100 percent yet and that "it's going to take some time," according to McClendon, but he was able to participate in batting practice for a second straight day Wednesday. Saunders has been sidelined since July 10 due to a strained oblique.


Michael Saunders set to take BP Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders is closing in on a rehab assignment after missing nearly three weeks with a strained left oblique, per MLB.com.

Saunders was scheduled to take batting practice with the team Tuesday. If all goes well, he will head out on a minor league rehab assignment. Though he is already eligible to be activated off the disabled list, he is unlikely to play for Seattle until at least the second week of August.


Michael Saunders starts hitting of tee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders began hitting off a tee this week, as he continues to work his way back from a back injury, MLB.com reports. Manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that it will "be a while" before Saunders is fully recovered. He isn't expected to return until mid-August at the earliest.

Michael Saunders not expected back before mid-August


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders could be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery from an oblique strain, MLB.com reports.

Even though Saunders is recovering well, he isn't expected to return until mid-August at the earliest. "He's feeling better," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's getting better. He may be a little ahead of schedule, but that's going to be a while."


Michael Saunders diagnosed with Grade 2 oblique strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Seattle Times reports that Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 oblique strain, which could keep him out "for some time," according to manager Lloyd McClendon

Saunders was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with the injury. Saunders is expected to need more than the 15 days on the DL. He is hitting .276/.329/.436 with six homers and 28 RBI in 196 at-bats.

Michael Saunders placed on 15-day DL, Justin Smoak recalled from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Mariners announced a pair of roster moves prior to Friday's game against the Athletics.

They placed outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Saunders batted .276 with six homers and 28 RBI in 196 at-bats. In a corresponding move, the Mariners have recalled first baseman Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma.

Michael Saunders injures side on check swing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was forced out of Thursday's game against the Twins with a back injury.

Saunders left the game in the middle of his at-bat after injuring his side on a check swing. He was replaced by Dustin Ackley mid-at-bat, who stuck out.

Saunders owns a .277/.329/.436 slash line with six homers and 28 RBI in 196 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener against the A's.


Michael Saunders knocks sixth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 2-0 win over the Twins Monday.

Saunders delivered a shot in the seventh inning that barely cleared the fence in center field, helping to continue what's been a productive July thus far: 7 of 22 with a home run, three RBI and one stolen base in six games. Saunders has hit .266/.322/.435 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 184 at-bats.


Michael Saunders hits first HR since DL activation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Michael Saunders was one of four Mariners players to hit home runs during a 10-4 win Monday at Houston. Saunders hit a two-run homer off Collin McHugh during a three-run fourth inning, which put Seattle ahead 5-3.

Saunders is batting .267 (4 for 15) with one double, one home run, two RBI, three runs, one walk and six strikeouts in four games since coming off the disabled list.


Mariners activate Michael Saunders off DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Outfielder Michael Saunders has been activated from the disabled list by the Mariners. He has been out with a shoulder injury since June 10. He is in the Friday lineup against Cleveland.

Saunders had been productive with 23 RBI and 25 runs in 147 at-bats before going down.


Michael Saunders to be activated Friday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB Network Radio that outfielder Michael Saunders (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list Friday, before a three-game series against Cleveland. "The reports are great," McClendon said.

Saunders was hitting .265 with four homers and 23 RBI in 147 at-bats before going on the DL.


Michael Saunders homers in rehab game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders ripped a solo homer for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday as he continues to work his way back from right shoulder inflammation. Saunders is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday.

Michael Saunders reaches four times as DH in rehab debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders began his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury at Triple-A Tacoma Friday.

Saunders began his stint as a designated hitter, reaching base four times and scoring once. He went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI and a walk, and will likely begin playing in the field in the coming days.  


Corey Hart, Michael Saunders to begin rehab Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Reinforcements are on the way for the Mariners, who could have three major-league players working at Triple-A Tacoma this weekend.

Manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com Wednesday outfielders Michael Saunders (shoulder) and Corey Hart (hamstring) could begin their rehab assignments at Tacoma Friday.

Saunders is likely to return more quickly than Hart, who has to work his way back into playing shape after sitting out all of last season and missing part of spring training. He will be worked back into action relatively slowly.

"Hart will DH mainly to start off, get him going again, get his legs under him, then eventually play some first base and outfield," McClendon said. "Obviously when he comes back here, I want him swinging the bat well. But he needs some at-bats. He's been out a significant amount of time. It's not that easy up here. He's got to get some at-bats and get himself going again. And once he's ready, we'll bring him back."


Three injured Mariners nearing rehab work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Mariners manager manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that outfielder Michael Saunders (shoulder inflammation), first baseman Justin Smoak (quad strain) and designated hitter Corey Hart (hamstring strain) could all begin a minor-league rehab assignment at the end of the week, MLB.com.

"Obviously, I think Saunders and Smoak will come quicker because they have been playing," McClendon said. "We have to be careful with Corey and make sure we build his at-bats up and he's swinging well and he's running well. They both got to pass the test. Smoak and Corey and Saundo's gotta pass the test swinging the bat before they go out."