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21 Michael Saunders RF
Height/Weight: 6-4/205 | Birthdate: 11/19/1986 | Birthplace: Victoria, B.C., CAN | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Toronto | College: Tallahasee CC FL | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $512,600 | Owned/Started%: 15/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Blue Jays' Saunders not expected to debut on homestand


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders is scheduled to resume his rehab assignment Saturday, manager John Gibbons said Friday. Saunders, who is coming off knee surgery, had to stop his rehab assignment earlier this week due to hamstring tightness.

Saunders is not expected to make his season debut during the team's six-game homestand, which started Friday against Atlanta.


Michael Saunders could resume rehab games Thursday or Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders (hamstring) could resume his Class A rehab assignment as early as Thursday or Friday, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Saunders, who is also recovering from surgery to remove a torn meniscus from his left knee, has not played in a minor-league game since Sunday as a precaution. General manager Alex Anthopoulos revealed last weekend that he would like to see Saunders play back-to-back nine-inning games before activating him from the disabled list.

Kevin Pillar has been filling in for Saunders in left field to start the season. He has made several acrobatic catches in Saunders' absence, including one against the Rays on Wednesday. 


Blue Jays' Saunders should resume rehab assignment Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders is taking the day off Monday on a rehab assignment with Class A Dunedin after leaving Sunday's game due to tightness in his hamstring, manager John Gibbons said. Saunders, however, is expected to return to action Tuesday.

Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders removed from minor-league game


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/12/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders, on a rehab assignment with Class A Dunedin, was removed from the game Sunday with tightness in his hamstring, a move the team labeled as "precautionary," per MLB.com. 

The Blue Jays were hopeful that Saunders, who is recovering from a knee injury suffered in February, could return sometime during the team's 10-game homestand, which begins Monday.


Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders could return in next homestand


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/12/2015) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said that injured outfielder Michael Saunders could return to the active roster during the team's next homestand, which runs from April 13-23, per the National Post

Saunders, who suffered a knee injury in February and has undergone a longer-than-expected rehab, is working the Blue Jays' Class A affiliate as the designated hitter. He was acquired in a December trade with the Mariners. 

"Once he gets to nine innings on the field, then we'll have him steal a base, and we want him to be able to handle being in a rundown, cuts back and forth, make sure that knee is strong," Anthopoulous said. "We don't have a time frame. Could be five days, eight days, nine days."


Blue Jays' Michael Saunders goes hitless in rehab assignment


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders went hitless in his rehab assignment at Class-A affiliate Dunedin. He was the team's designated hitter on Thursday.

Saunders went 0 for 3 with one strikeout and one walk. He is scheduled to play again on Friday.


Jays' Michael Saunders won't be ready for home opener Monday


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Michael Saunders will not be ready for the home opener on Monday, according to Sportsnet. Gibbons added that Saunders will spend a couple of days at Class-A affiliate Dunedin as the team's designated hitter, advancing to the outfield once ready.

Saunders suffered a knee injury in February and his rehab has taken longer than expected.


Blue Jays' Michael Saunders to begin rehab assignment Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Thursday with Dunedin and will play without restrictions, according to Blue Jays announcer Mike Wilner.

Saunders is currently on the 15-day DL with a knee injury that he suffered in late February and was originally scheduled to miss 5-6 weeks. 


Blue Jays' John Gibbons likes progress of Michael Saunders (knee)


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Monday outfielder Michael Saunders is progressing from his injured knee, but he remains a couple of weeks from returning, reports the team's radio play-by-play announcer.

"It's going to be a couple of more weeks anyways before we see him, but he's progressing," Gibbons said, per MLB.com. "He has been able to swing the bat, he just hasn't been able to run, but it's starting to move along."

Saunders was able to swing a bat and run on a treadmill over the weekend. He will start the season on the disabled list.


Blue Jays' Michael Saunders (knee) to start running Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders (knee) said he will start running Wednesday, according to Sportsnet.ca. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Tuesday outfielder Kevin Pillar will start in left field with Saunders set to begin the season on the disabled list.

Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders remains without timetable


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders is still recovering from knee surgery a little over a month ago, but remains without a timetable to get back on the field, reports the National Post.

Saunders is hoping to do some light running in the next few days. He is taking swings in minor league games, but not running the bases.

"I literally hit and just go back to the dugout," he said. "I'm trying to stay ahead of the game and get my timing back so that when I am ready to start [a full range of baseball activities], it's just one less thing I have to worry about."


Gibbons: Saunders, Izturis to open season on disabled list


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday outfielder Michael Saunders (knee) and infielder Maicer Izturis (groin) will open the 2015 season on the disabled list, per Sportsnet.ca.

Saunders is expected to start in left field when healthy, while Izturis will likely be a backup infielder.


Blue Jays' Saunders (knee) will get more at-bats in minor-league game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders will receive more at-bats in a minor-league game on Tuesday, according to Sportsnet.ca. Saunders is working his way back from knee surgery, but remains unlikely to return until mid-April.

Saunders spent the first six seasons of his MLB career with Seattle before he was acquired by Toronto in a December trade. He hit .273 with a .341 on-base percentage, .450 slugging percentage and .791 OPS in 78 games last season.


Blue Jays' Michael Saunders plays DH in minor-league game


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/19/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders was the designated hitter Thursday in a minor league contest, and although he did not run, he said he felt fine afterward, per the Toronto Star.

Saunders is working his way back from knee surgery, but likely will not return until mid-April. He went 1-for-5 with an opposite-field single.

"It was nice to lace 'em up and get back out there," Saunders said. "I'm ecstatic to be where I'm at now."


Blue Jays' Michael Saunders to see limited action Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders (knee) is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter in a minor-league game Thursday but will be prevented from running out of the batter's box, MLB.com reports.

Saunders has been able to take batting practice as he makes a quicker-than-expected return from knee surgery. It's not out of the question that the outfielder avoids a stint on the disabled list before the season begins.


Michael Saunders takes BP, nears return to Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Outfielder Michael Saunders took batting practice on Sunday, and he plans to return to the Blue Jays' lineup within a day or two. 

Saunders is recovering from knee surgery. He still needs to pass a series of running tests, and then he'll return for a minor league game. 

"Tomorrow, or the next day, he's going to go down to the Minor Leagues and he's going to hit," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. "He's not going to run, but he's going to hit, so he'll get some at-bats in the DH spot so everything is moving forward."


Jays' Gibbons on Saunders: Quick recovery has everybody optimistic


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders (knee) took batting practice and did some agility drills Thursday, per MLB.com.

"It's kind of a miracle," manager John Gibbons said. "He's moving quicker than I thought he was going to. What the next step is going to be, I don't know. But I think everybody is optimistic."

There is talk Saunders could be ready by opening day. Gibbons said he probably wouldn't put Saunders in the lineup until he is able to play in the field, which might not happen until mid-April.


Opening day in the picture for Blue Jays' Saunders?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders continues to progress in his recovery from knee surgery, as he plans to take batting practice on the field Wednesday, per FOX Sports. Saunders could potentially be ready for opening day, if he continues to speed through his recovery.

Blue Jays' Michael Saunders will hit in cage Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders will hit in the cage on Tuesday, according to MLB.com. Saunders underwent surgery late February to remove 60 percent of the cartilage from his left knee. Saunders could be back in action by early-to-mid April if the team chooses not to have him open the season on the disabled list.

Blue Jays' Michael Saunders tests knee by hitting off tee


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders continued to make progress in his recovery from knee surgery. 

Saunders took 25 swings off a tee on Sunday, and ran on a treadmill. He told the National Post's John Lott that the knee felt "fantastic". 

Saunders will hit soft toss on Monday.


Blue Jays' Saunders amazed with how quick recovery from surgery is going


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders, who underwent surgery last week to remove 60 percent of the cartilage from his left knee, threw from flat ground for a second straight day Friday, according to the National Post

“When they told me I was going to walk out of surgery, I basically called B.S., considering the way I felt two days prior to it,” Saunders said. “But I walked out of surgery and I’ve felt amazed at the way my knee feels, considering everything. It’s an amazing thing.”

Saunders expects to hit off a tee within a few days. He could also start running in about a week.

“So far, so good,” he said. “The training staff are pushing me, but we’re pushing each other. At the end of the day, I’ve got to listen to my knee, but we’re headed in a good direction.”


Blue Jays' Michael Saunders: 'No pain' day after surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders said Saturday that he's feeling no pain one day after undergoing knee surgery, the Toronto Sun reports.

"I feel great," Saunders said. "I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning and I was walking around just fine. I walked out of surgery just fine. I actually started doing some exercises today and just got checked out by the doctor and he was pleasantly surprised with what he saw. There’s not as much swelling as he originally thought. Everything is checking out so far and everything is good news. No pain. It feels like I banged my knee on a pole and it’s a tiny bit swollen."

Saunders suffered a torn meniscus while tracking a foul ball Wednesday, tripping over a sprinkler head and hearing a popping sound. After initially being told he could need to have the meniscus repaired, a procedure that carries a recovery time of three-to-five months, Saunders had the torn portion of the meniscus removed, which places him on track to return to action within six weeks. While the outfielder is excited to be back on the field in a much shorter time, he indicated he'll be cautious with his rehab.

"I’m going to miss some spring training but it could be a lot worse," Saunders said. "My ligaments are intact. For me this is the best-case scenario. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready to go. I’d love to say that I’ll be ready opening day. That’s my goal. But we’re targeting more mid-April, on the safe side. At the end of the day I have to listen to my knee. It’s a long season. I’m going to get this right the first time and not rush back."


Blue Jays' Michael Saunders to miss 5-6 weeks after procedure


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders underwent successful surgery on his knee Friday, and he is now expected to be sidelined for five-to-six weeks, the team announced.

Saunders was initially expected to miss half the season while recovering from a meniscus tear. He had 60 percent of the meniscus removed from his left knee Friday, MLB.com reports. The cartilage was unable to be repaired, which would have resulted in a longer recovery time for the outfielder.

On his new timetable, Saunders could be back in action by early-to-mid April if the team chooses not to have him open the season on the disabled list.


Blue Jays lose LF Michael Saunders (knee) for first half of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders revealed Thursday he is expected to be sidelined until the All-Star break due to a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Saunders, who was slated to start in left field for Toronto, said he suffered the injury Wednesday after he stepped on a sprinkler head while shagging fly balls during batting practice, per the National Post.

“My goal is to be back by the All-Star break,” Saunders said. “I don’t see why there should be any hiccups in my rehab.”

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the team would most likely replace Saunders, who was acquired in a December trade with the Mariners, with an internal candidate. Kevin Pillar and Dalton Pompey, who are competing for the starting job in center field, could be options since they can play all three outfield spots. Andy Dirks could also be a candidate, but he is in camp on a minor-league deal and still rehabbing from a back injury that sidelined him in 2014.

Saunders spent the first six seasons of his MLB career with Seattle. He hit .273 with a .341 on-base percentage, .450 slugging percentage and .791 OPS in 78 games last season.


Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders will earn $2.875M in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Blue Jays and outfielder Michael Saunders were able to avoid arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $2.875 million contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Saunders made $2.3 million in 2014 in his first year of arbitration.

Saunders was acquired by Toronto in a December trade with Seattle. The 28-year-old Saunders is a career .231 hitter with a .384 slugging percentage and .685 OPS in six MLB seasons.