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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: 316.13
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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."

Michael Saunders expected to start swinging again soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders is expected to start swinging a bat in a "few days," according to 710 AM ESPN Radio in Seattle. Saunders has been bothered by shoulder inflammation, which landed him on the disabled list on Thursday. He has played only two games since June 3.

Mariners place Michael Saunders on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Shoulder inflammation has landed Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list. A corresponding roster move will be made Thursday.

Saunders has only played in two games since June 3.


Michael Saunders set to sit against Yankees


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders will not make it two straight starts after returning Tuesday night from a shoulder ailment. He is absent from the Wednesday night lineup against the Yankees.

Saunders was 0 for 4 in his comeback game.


Michael Saunders back in the lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was back in the lineup Tuesday for the first time since leaving Friday's game with a shoulder injury. He's hitting .280 with four homers and 25 RBI in 51 games.

Michael Saunders remains sidelined


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders said his shoulder is improving, but he remained out of the lineup Monday against the Rays. Saunders hasn't played since Friday.

Michael Saunders expects to return 'in a day or two'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders told the Tacoma News Tribune prior to Sunday's game against the Rays that he expects to return "in a day or two."

"I’m doing some exercises, and it feels better today," Saunders said. "We were pretty confident, the day of (the injury), it wasn't going to be long. This is just proving that it is going to be day to day…But it's not going to take any significant length of time. I'm already feeling a little bit better today."

Michael Saunders sitting Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was not in the team's starting lineup Sunday.

Saunders has been sidelined for the past couple days with a shoulder injury. He said his shoulder is starting to feel better, and he should only need another day or two. Saunders is hitting .280 over 143 at-bats.


Michael Saunders absent from Saturday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) What was expected is official: Mariners outfelder Michael Saunders is out of the lineup Saturday in Tampa Bay.

Saunders left the game Friday night with a shoulder injury.


Michael Saunders: Sore shoulder not a serious problem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) The sore shoulder that forced Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders out of the Friday night game will be checked out Saturday, but he doesn't believe it's a major problem.

"I just felt something on a swing," he told the Tacoma News-Tribune. "It was a little bit uncomfortable. We came (into the clubhouse) and did some stuff, and we don't expect it to be anything serious."

Saunders has been hitting consistently well since mid-May with 21 hits in his last 59 at-bats to raise his average from .226 to .280.


Michael Saunders exits game with sore shoulder


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was forced out of Friday's game against the Rays in Tampa with a sore shoulder, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Saunders finished 0 for 2 with a strikeout before being replaced by Dustin Ackley in the fourth inning. He is hitting .280/.327/.448 with four homers and 25 RBI in 143 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game.

Michael Saunders homers again Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders launched his fourth home run of the season in his team's 10-2 victory over the Yankees in New York.

Saunders singled in two runs in the seventh and smacked a solo home run in the ninth. He finished 2 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI. Saunders has two home runs over his last four games. He is hitting .279 with 25 RBI in 136 at-bats.

Michael Saunders clubs third home run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders belted his third home run Thursday against the Angels.

Saunders struck out in his first plate appearance against Matt Shoemaker, but got revenge his next time up. With one man on, Saunders clubbed a 76 mph curveball out to right for a two-run shot. He would also go on to hit a sac fly and walk during the contest.

Saunders finished 1 for 2, with two runs scored and three RBI. He's hitting .276/.331/.431 in 123 at-bats.