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Michael Saunders (LF,RF)

Toronto Blue Jays - 9% owned

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Bats: L, Throws: R

Outfielder Michael Saunders crushed two home runs on Friday night in the Blue Jays' victory. He finished 2-for-5 with two home runs to go along with two RBI and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Now batting .324 with four home runs and eight RBI, Saunders could prove to provide sneaky value if he continues to get regular playing time atop Toronto's powerhouse lineup.

 

Category: Game Recaps


Michael Saunders returned to the Jays' lineup on Monday, going 3-for-5 with his second home run of the season. He scored a run, drove in two and struck out.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders extended his hitting streak to six games in his return from a hamstring ailment. It will be interesting to see if he finds his way back to the top of the order now that he's back, as he certainly capitalized on the opportunity.

 

Category: , Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Blue Jays LF and leadoff hitter Michael Saunders will miss his second straight game on Saturday with a hamstring issue sustained in Thursday's game.

Fantasy Impact: The injury-prone outfielder only took three weeks to find himself missing time. When he can play, he's a great option as a three or four outfielder, but it's always a mystery to if he's ever really healthy.

 

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Michael Saunders will be the team's leadoff hitter moving forward, the club has announced.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders will take over for Kevin Pillar, who's struggled in the role. Saunders has gotten off to a nice start. This will certainly increase his opportunity to score runs, and he should see additional protection hitting in front of the heart of the team's order. As such, his value increases in all formats.

 

Michael Saunders finished the day 1-for-1 with a walk in the Jays 6-6 tie with the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: After missing all but nine games of the 2015 season due to a freak accident which tore the meniscus in his left knee, Saunders is hoping to enter the regular season healthy and ready to go. He is currently hitting .348 with three home runs, nine RBI, and five runs scored over nine Spring Training games, and hopes to carry the momentum into Opening Day. A healthy Saunders has the potential to flirt with 20+ home runs, especially in the more hitter friendly confines of the Rogers Centre, coupled with a potent lineup could see him put together career high peripherals. He makes for an interesting piece in deeper mixed leagues.

 

Category: , Game Recaps


Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters on Friday that Kevin Pillar and Michael Saunders will audition for the leadoff spot, with Troy Tulowitzki batting fifth. (Source: Arden Zwelling on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's quite unlikely that Saunders could possibly stay healthy long enough to hold on to the leadoff spot, especially with his career .301 OBP. This might be a moot point though, as 2B Devon Travis, if healthy, should get the most at-bats in the leadoff spot this summer.

 

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Saunders is still being bothered by a left knee injury. He was a popular fantasy sleeper heading into 2015 but appeared in only nine games for the Blue Jays. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Saunders had played just nine games prior to hitting the disabled list and was hitting just .194 with no extra base hits. Saunders was acquired from the Mariners for left-hander J.A. Happ in December, and the Blue Jays expected him to be a regular, but he ended up playing just nine games due to a knee injury suffered during spring training. Toronto isn’t exactly hurting for offensive help, but Saunders’ left-handed bat (and .743 OPS from 2012-2014) would have complemented an otherwise right-handed-heavy lineup. He will be ready to go for spring training and could be a potential sleeper.

 

Category: , Injury Updates


Michael Saunders paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews after going on the 15-day DL with a sore left knee. The diagnosis came back as a bone bruise, and will conservatively need six more weeks to heal. It's said to be not uncommon, as the body is becoming acclimated to the meniscus loss. (Source: Shi Davidi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Saunders had played just nine games prior to hitting the DL, and was hitting just .194 with no extra base hits.

 

Category: , Injury Updates


Michael Saunders out 4-6 weeks

Fri, May 15th 6:38pm EDT
By Marc Walton

Michael Saunders will be sidelined for another 4-6 weeks with left knee inflammation. General Manager Alex Anthopolous stated that Saunders is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews.

Fantasy Impact: Michael Saunders injured his left knee during Spring Training when he stepped on a sprinkler in the outfield. He opted for surgery to remove 60 percent of the meniscus from his left knee, which drastically cut down the time he would need to recover. Until Saunders visits Dr. Andrews we won't know exactly how long he will be out, or the extent of the injury.

 

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Michael Saunders began his rehab stint with Class A Dunedin on Thursday. Toronto's off season acquisition is rehabing from a knee surgery that took place during spring training. (Source: Gregor Chisolm)

Fantasy Impact: Saunders is expected to have an everyday role once he returns to Toronto's line-up.

 

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Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders is reportedly progressing well from his knee surgery. However, manager John Gibbons feels that he's still at least a couple weeks away from patrolling the outfield for the blue birds. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: With Saunders still a couple weeks away, it gives more of an opportunity for Kevin Pillar to get consistent playing time.

 

Category: , Injury Updates


Michael Saunders heads to the DL

Thu, Mar 26th 1:19pm EDT
By Marc Walton

Michael Saunders will begin the season on the disabled list. (Source: Mike Wilner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Saunders was on the fast track to recovery from surgery to remove 60% of the cartilage from his left knee, and was rumored to possibly be available come opening day. John Gibbons shed some light on the situation Thursday morning stating that he will not be ready for opening day, and will begin the season on the DL. Saunders is still expected to join the team at some point in April. The 28-year-old left-hander hit .273 with 8 home runs last season and offers deep mixed league sleeper potential in a strong Toronto lineup and the hitter friendly confines of the Rogers Centre.

 

Category: , Injury Updates


Michael Saunders took batting practice Sunday and had no setbacks to his surgically repaired knee. He is expected to go to the minors and receive some at bats, although he will only DH and is not expected to play the field or run bases. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: The good news keeps pouring in for Saunders who was initially expected to be out until at least the All-Star break. Even though he will still have to pass a series of running tests, reports indicate that he could be ready when the Jays travel to New York to open the season.

 

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Michael Saunders continues the impressive progress on his surgically repaired left knee. Saunders said he felt "fantastic" after taking 25 swings off a tee and running on a treadmill. (Source: John Lott on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Jays haven't ruled out Saunders appearing in Grapefruit League games prior to wrapping up the spring schedule. Early indications have Saunders missing a limited number of regular season games, which is great news for someone that was originally expected to miss half the season.

 

Category: , Injury Updates


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%.

 

Category: , Injury Updates


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.

 

Category: , Injury Updates