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51 Joe Saunders SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 6/16/1981 | Birthplace: Springfield, VA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Baltimore | College: Virginia Tech | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: /images/players/unknown-hat-170x170.png | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 361.92

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Orioles announce several roster moves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Orioles announced a slew of roster moves on Monday. They have recalled right-hander Evan Meek from Triple-A Norfolk and right-hander Kevin Gausman from the GCL Orioles. Additionally, the team also selected the contract of left-hander Joe Saunders from Triple-A Norfolk. Infielder Kelly Johnson has reported to the club after being traded over the weekend.

Joe Saunders to work as lefty specialist


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Orioles are attempting to transition pitcher Joe Saunders to a lefty specialist, MASNSports.com reports Tuesday.

Saunders was officially activated at Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday, after passing a physical. Saunders had an ugly 6.13 ERA in 39 2/3 innings before the Rangers released him this season, and even lefties hit .326 in 46 at-bats against him. 


Orioles giving Joe Saunders a shot with minor league deal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Orioles have signed veteran left-hander Joe Saunders to a minor league contract, sources have told the Baltimore Sun.

Saunders, who became a free agent when he opted out of his deal with the Royals on Tuesday, pitched for Baltimore in 2012. The 33 year old has been ineffective this season with an 0-5 mark and 6.31 ERA. He has given up a whopping 62 hits and 20 walks in 39 2/3 innings.


Report: Joe Saunders opts out of deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Royals pitcher Joe Saunders has opted out of his deal with the team to become a free agent, MLBDailyDish.com reports.

Saunders made four starts with Triple-A Omaha after signing with the Royals, posting a 6.75 ERA and 6:5 K:BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings. He has also spent time with the Rangers this season, going 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA in eight starts at the major-league level.


Joe Saunders signs with Kansas City, heading to Triple-A


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Veteran left-hander Joe Saunders has been signed to a minor league contract by the Royals.

Saunders, who was dispatched by Texas on Friday, lost his last three decisions as a member of the starting rotation, giving up 17 runs in 13 2/3 innings in the process to lower his ERA to 6.13.

He is set to report to Triple-A Omaha.


Joe Saunders released by Rangers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) The Rangers released pitcher Joe Saunders Friday, three days after he was designated for assignment. The veteran finished his time with the Rangers with a 6.13 ERA and 2.07 WHIP in 39 2/3 innings of work. 

Rangers alter rotation plans as Joe Saunders taken off roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) A day after allowing four home runs in a loss to the Orioles, Rangers starting pitcher Joe Saunders was designated for assignment Tuesday. The team recalled pitcher Miles Mikolas from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Saunders, and he will start Wednesday against Baltimore.

The Rangers also announced Nick Tepesch has been moved back to Friday against the Mets. Yu Darvish will still start Thursday against Baltimore and Colby Lewis will now start Saturday against New York. Nick Martinez, who is starting Tuesday, will remain on regular rest and start Sunday.


Joe Saunders rocked for seven runs, four home runs Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders struggled in a loss Monday, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings while striking out two in his team's

Saunders (0-5) surrendered four home runs in the first four innings to put his team down 6-0 before giving up a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. It's been a rocky season for the pitcher, giving up 17 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings over his last three outings. He owns a 6.13 ERA, 2.07 WHIP and 22:20 K:BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings heading into Saturday's scheduled matchup with the Mets.


Joe Saunders gives up six runs in loss vs. Tigers Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders was tagged for six earned runs on seven hits and five walks in just four innings while striking out two in his team's 8-6 loss to the Tigers.

Saunders (0-4) surrendered three runs in the first inning and two more in the third, as the Tigers had no problems racking up extra-base hits against the Rangers starter. He was pulled after giving up a home run to the leadoff batter in the fifth inning. Saunders owns a 5.19 ERA and 20:18 K:BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to take on the Orioles Monday.


Rangers shuffle upcoming rotation a bit


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) The Rangers announced a shuffling of their probably pitches for the next few days, in order to keep some pitchers on regular rest.

According to MLB.com, Nick Tepesch has been pushed back to Friday's series opener against the Twins, allowing Joe Saunders and Nick Martinez to remain on four day's rest. Saunders will pitched Wednesday against the Tigers, with Martinez slotting in behind him Thursday.

The move also allows Yu Darvish to move back to Saturday against the Twins, giving him an extra day of rest. 


Joe Saunders hit hard in another loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Rangers starter Joe Saunders remained winless for the season Friday, following a 7-3 loss to the Angels.

Saunders lasted just 4 2/3 innings in the start, his shortest since his season opener was cut short by injury. He allowed seven runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits in his four-plus innings, while walking three and striking out three batters on 110 pitches.

Saunders fell to 0-3 in six starts, though his ERA rose to just 4.11. He will look for his first win in his next start, Thursday against the Tigers. 


Joe Saunders surrenders two runs in no-decision Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders didn't factor into the decision Saturday after giving up two earned runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out three in his team's 4-3 win over the Mariners.

Saunders got through the first four innings without giving up a run before the Mariners were able to break through with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. After the Rangers scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning, Saunders gave up one more run in the bottom half of the sixth before calling it a day. The bullpen couldn't protect his lead, leaving him winless with a 3.46 ERA after five starts. Saunders is slated to take on the Angels Friday.


Joe Saunders drops second decision of the year


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders dropped his second decision of the year Sunday afternoon at home against the Indians. The left-hander permitted three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings of a 3-2 defeat. He did not record a strikeout.

Over his last three starts covering 16 1/3 innings, Saunders has allowed four earned runs. He owns a 3.60 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP through four starts (20 innings). He will look to get back on track Saturday at Seattle.

Joe Saunders gives up two runs in no-decision vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders didn't factor into Tuesday's decision, giving up two earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in six innings while striking out two in his team's 8-3 loss to the Orioles.

Saunders surrendered a solo home run in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the sixth, but he was otherwise able to work around the plethora of hits tallied by the Orioles offense. He owns a 3.68 ERA and 12:6 K:BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings over three starts. Saunders is slated to face the Indians Sunday.


Joe Saunders tosses five shutout innings in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Joe Saunders looked solid in his return from the disabled list Wednesday against the Twins, and did not appear troubled at all by his ankle injury.

Saunders pitched five shutout innings in the game, and only failed to go deeper due to a high pitch count; he racked up 97 pitches by the end of the fifth. He scattered five hits and two walks in his five innings, while striking out six batters in a no-decision, as the Rangers went on to win, 1-0.

Saunders has made just two starts this season as a result of his injury, but seems likely to remain in the rotation moving forward. His next start is set for Tuesday against the Orioles. 


Aaron Poreda optioned to the minors Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Rangers pitcher Aaron Poreda has been optioned to the minors Wednesday.

Poreda tossed 13 1/3 innings with the club in 2014, posting a 3.38 ERA. He was sent down in order to make room for Joe Saunders.


Joe Saunders activated from disabled list Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders was activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

Saunders will make Wednesday's start against the Twins. Aaron Poreda has been sent down in order to make room for Saunders on the 25-man roster.


Joe Saunders to start Wednesday; Scott Baker moving to 'pen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) The Rangers will activate pitcher Joe Saunders from the disabled list in time for Wednesday's game against the Twins, when he will make his return to the rotation, reports FOXSports.com Saturday.

Saunders, who has been pitching on a minor-league rehab assignment recently after overcoming an ankle injury, will make the start Wednesday instead of Scott Baker. Baker will instead be moved to a long-relief role. 


Joe Saunders' next step not yet known


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders joined the team in Detroit Thursday, but that doesn't necessarily mean he is close to returning to the majors just yet.

Saunders will throw a bullpen session Friday for pitching coach Mike Maddux, but might be sent back down to continue a rehab session afterward. That depends on whether Scott Baker is able to get through Friday's start with ease; if he does, Saunders will likely make a fifth rehab start at Triple-A Round Rock, according to The Dallas Morning News

Saunders is fully recovered from foot and ankle injuries that occurred during his first start of the season. 


Joe Saunders will need at least two more rehab starts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders threw 97 pitches in a minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.

Saunders yielded two runs on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over five innings. He will likely need at least two more starts in order to tweak some mechanical issues, MLB.com reports.


Rangers retool starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) The Rangers retooled their rotation for an upcoming three-game weekend series against the Blue Jays, MLB.com reports. On Friday, Yu Darvish will make the start, followed by Colby Lewis on Saturday and Matt Harrison on Sunday.

Robbie Ross, who was originally scheduled to start Saturday, will be pushed back to Tuesday. The Rangers also have the option of sliding Joe Saunders into Ross' rotation spot on Tuesday. The moves were made so that Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison would avoid pitching in a National League park. The Rangers have a three-game series scheduled at Washington starting May 30.


Joe Saunders remains on rehab assignment willingly


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders would prefer not to pitch out of the bullpen, and has opted to extend his rehab assignment with the hopes of a spot opening up.

"I asked for those two more starts," Saunders told MLB.com Friday. "I told them they brought me here not to go to the bullpen but to start. That's still my expectation. I'm here to start and win games for the Texas Rangers. That's what I want to do, that's what they're paying me to do, that's what they brought me in here to do."

Saunders has been recovering from foot and ankle injuries but is fully healthy at this point. He will pitch at Double-A Frisco Saturday and Triple-A Round Rock in order to keep himself stretched out, and he will re-assess the situation shortly after.  

Saunders has made one rehab start, as he tossed four innings earlier in the week. He has never appeared in a game as a reliever in the majors. 


Rangers want Joe Saunders to prepare for spot in bullpen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) The Rangers have informed pitcher Joe Saunders they would like him to make more minor-league rehab appearances in preparation for a spot in the bullpen, FOX Sports Southwest reports. Saunders, who is recovering from a bruised left foot, tossed four innings at Double-A Frisco Tuesday and declared himself ready. His return date remains to be seen.

Joe Saunders declares himself ready, but next step unknown


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders told MLB.com he is ready to return to the majors after making it through 66 pitches in a rehab start Tuesday.

Saunders, who is recovering from a bruised left foot, tossed four innings at Double-A Frisco Tuesday and declared himself ready. The team has yet to make a decision on what his next step will be, however, as he may still go on one more rehab start. 


Joe Saunders goes four innings in first rehab start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders (ankle) began a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco Tuesday. He allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk, while striking out four in four innings.

Saunders threw 44 of 66 pitches for strikes and gave up two solo home runs. His fastball topped out at 92 mph, per ESPN.

The veteran left-hander is still hopeful to return to the majors as a starter and not a long reliever.

"For me it’s all about starting and helping this team win games as a starter," Saunders said. "It’s what I signed to do and what they signed me to do."