Michael Saunders
Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders (LF,RF)

Philadelphia Phillies

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The Philadelphia Phillies have signed OF/1B Michael Saunders. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Saunders is a great bat to have in the mid to bottom of any order. Finishing last year with 24 home runs and 57 RBI in only 140 games shows great potential for 30+ home runs if he can play a full season. Look for him to have great value near the end of any draft.

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Michael Saunders was 1-for-4 Tuesday with his 24th HR of the season, driving in a pair of runs. Saunders had not homered since August 31st in Baltimore.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders is having a fine season, batting .257 (.341 OBP) with 24 HR and 56 RBI. It is by far his best season of his career so far, and is mostly attributed to finally being healthy for a full year.

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Michael Saunders hit a two-run HR as part of a 2-for-3 night Tuesday versus the Orioles. Saunders also hit a double and struck out.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders has only hit three HR all August after going on a tear in the first half and making the AL All-Star team. He seems to have turned a corner of late, going 6-for-14 with two HR in his last four games.

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Michael Saunders was not in the Blue Jays' lineup on Thursday due to a hamstring injury. He's considered day-to-day. (Source: Gregor Chisholm on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Saunders was experiencing tightness in his hamstring. It's not clear if the condition will keep Saunders out for multiple games. He's continued his solid season, one of his overall healthier campaigns of his career, hitting .266 with an OPS of .850 and 21 home runs over 113 games.

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After being mired in a 5-for-37 slump last week, Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders went 1-for-2 with three walks in Monday's 7-5 win over the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders was visibly having trouble seeing the ball in both Houston and Kansas City last week, but Monday night's effort might have been a sign that he's ready to break out of his slump. He is a very solid play tonight against Drew Smyly, who has struggled this season and has served up a pair of home runs to Saunders in just eight at-bats.

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After an 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Wednesday, it has become painfully clear that Blue Jays' LF Michael Saunders is completely lost at the plate. Over his last five games and 20 at-bats, Saunders has two hits and has struck out 13 times.

Fantasy Impact: Jays batters have been complaining about the lights indoors at Minute Maid Park this series, but none have looked as bad as Saunders. It may be time to cut Saunders loose, as 13 Ks in 20 at-bats won't be helpful when trying to sell high.

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Michael Saunders has flown home to address a personal matter but is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Friday. (Source: Gregor Chisholm on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear what Saunders is dealing with, but it's good to see that he'll be back by this weekend if all goes as planned. He continues to produce for fantasy owners hitting in the heart of one of the game's best lineups. He's posted an OPS just shy of .900 on the season.

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Michael Saunders finished 2-for-4 with a walk, double, RBI, and three runs scored for Toronto on Thursday. Saunders is 12-for-32 with six extra-base hits, seven RBI, and eight runs scored over the last seven days. He has a .932 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders has multi-hit games in five of his last six games, clubbing an extra-base hit in each of those games. He is on base for 79 extra-base hits this season and 90 runs scored, much more than fantasy owners expected for the now top-25 OF.

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Michael Saunders hit his 16th home run on Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders continues to be a pleasant surprise to fantasy owners who took a chance on the veteran. Hitting in an impressive Blue Jays' lineup that scores runs almost at will, Saunders continues to put up big time numbers. He is 10 for his last 21 and as we approach the All-Star break, Saunders is hitting .296 with 16 home runs, 40 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

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Michael Saunders rewarded fantasy owners who stuck with him on Friday night going 3-for-5 with three home runs, eight RBI, and three runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders has been on fire of late and has enjoyed hitting in the middle of the Blue Jays' powerhouse lineup. He homered on Thursday and now has four home runs in two games. Saunders has been a huge surprise for the Jays and for fantasy owners. He is now slashing .314 with 15 home runs and 32 RBI on the season. If he stays healthy, there is no reason he cannot continue his impressive offensive production.

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Michael Saunders exited Tuesday's 11-4 win over the Phillies with tightness in his right hamstring only three innings into the game. The exit was precautionary.

Fantasy Impact: Often labeled injury-prone, Saunders is certainly banged-up in what has been one of his best seasons of his career. Saunders is now nursing the sore hammy and has his ankle taped up after taking multiple foul ball off the area last weekend. He's banged up, but should be able to avoid the disabled list.

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Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's victory over the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders continues to be a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners. He continues to bat in the cleanup spot on most nights and hitting behind Toronto's big three hitters- Bautista, Donaldson, and Encarnacion- which increases his fantasy value exponentially. He is now batting .295 with nine home runs and 19 RBI on the season. Owners who were savvy enough to pick up Saunders should continue to enjoy the ride.

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Blue Jays LF Michael Saunders will bat cleanup for the Blue Jays Tuesday night, with Justin Smoak sitting out.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders is hitting .375 through eight at-bats off opposing starter Nathan Eovaldi. Manager John Gibbons continues to tweak his lineup and in this iteration, Saunders could greatly benefit from Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion in front of him.

Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders will sit on Thursday night in favor of Ezequiel Carrera. No injury has been reported.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders has struggled versus Texas' lefty arms this series, and this might just be a day of rest. Carrera will bat ninth while Kevin Pillar leads off.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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