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Michael Saunders (CF,RF,LF)

Toronto Blue Jays

By Steve Anagnos, Blue Jays Correspondent, Sun, Mar 1st 9:30am EST

While initial estimates had Michael Saunders sidelined until the all-star break after tearing the meniscus cartilage in his left knee Wednesday, the Blue Jays left fielder now is expected to miss only a few games in April before returning to the lineup. When a meniscus is removed, the recovery time for the patient is usually four-to-six weeks. When it is repaired, recovery time is three-to-six months. From an MRI, the Jays medical people believed the meniscus could be repaired, hence the initial estimate that he would be out until mid-July. (Source: Toronto Sun)

Fantasy Impact: He is back on the AL only and deeper league draft board. It might be wise to temper any upside speed expectations until he proves to be 100%.

By Steve Anagnos, Blue Jays Correspondent, Thu, Feb 26th 6:34pm EST

Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders has a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be out until the All-Star break. Saunders stepped on a soft patch of grass that surrounded the head of a sprinkler while chasing a ball during batting practice on Wednesday morning. Saunders hit .273 with 8 HR and 34 RBIs in 78 games with Seattle last year while dealing with a shoulder injury. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Saunders could be a second half sleeper in AL only and deeper leagues. If your league allows you to stash guys on your DL, don't forget Saunders at the end of your draft or as a post draft pick up. His 2014 numbers could be even better as he moves from the spacious Safeco to the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays offense is also considerably better than the Mariners offense, allowing for more opportunities for the Canadian.

Michael Saunders News & Advice

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MLB.com | Feb 28th, 8:19pm
Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders wants to make one thing clear: He was the one who decided the best course of action was to remove 60 percent of the meniscus from his left knee. Saunders underwent surgery on Friday afternoon and the fact that his meniscus was removed instead of repaired means he'll return in approximately five-to-six weeks. If the doctor fixed the cartilage, Saunders would have...
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RotoBaller | Feb 28th, 1:40am
It seems like every few seasons a player goes down with a freak injury that occurs away from the game of baseball. To GM’s and fantasy owners alike, these are heart breaking. In 2010, we had Kendrys Morales breaking his leg jumping on home plate after a walk-off homer. In 2004, fantasy legend Sammy Sosa […]
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ESPN | Feb 28th, 12:24am
Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders has undergone surgery on his left knee and could return to the team in five to six weeks.
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Rotoworld | Feb 28th, 12:09am
Michael Saunders underwent successful surgery on Friday to remove 60% of the meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks.
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MLB.com | Feb 27th, 11:04pm
Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders underwent left knee surgery on Friday afternoon and he's expected to be out of action for approximately five- to-six weeks.
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FanGraphs | Feb 26th, 8:15pm
• OK, MASH will be twice a week for the seven or so months with all the baseball news coming in. There is just a ton of Fluff right now and useful new information is a little tough to find. • Michael Saunders will be out until around the All-Star game with a torn meniscus in his […]
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ESPN | Feb 26th, 2:41pm
Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls Wednesday, tearing cartilage in his left knee and sidelining him until the All-Star break.
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Rotoworld | Feb 26th, 1:28pm
Michael Saunders tore the meniscus in his left knee Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler and will likely be out until the All-Star break.
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MLB.com | Feb 26th, 12:45pm
Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders has a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be out until the All-Star break.