Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 18 hours ago

Saunders went 2-for-4 with a walk, a RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 11-4 victory over the Indians.

Saunders has struggled at the plate since returning from a knee injury, but seeing him collect multiple hits seems like a step in the right direction. He's just 4-for-22 (.167) since returning from the DL, which is too small of a sample size to draw any real conclusions. With Dalton Pompey sent down to Triple-A, there are at bats to be had by Saunders, but he needs to capitalize on these opportunities. He has limited fantasy value until he starts picking up his production at the plate.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 4 days ago

Saunders is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Indians.

With lefty T.J. House on the mound for Cleveland, Saunders will give way to Danny Valencia in right field. Saunders had started the last five games since coming off the DL and went 2-for-16 at the plate with an RBI and six strikeouts.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 1 week ago

Saunders will get the start in right field and hit seventh Saturday against the Rays, SportsNet's Barry Davis reports.

It's a pretty nice matchup for Saunders, who hits from the left side, going up against righty Erasmo Ramirez. Saunders may be available in some shallower formats after starting the year on the DL, but he has the potential to hit 10-plus homers with 10-plus steals if he can stay relatively healthy over the rest of the season.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 1 week ago

Saunders (knee) was activated off the DL on Friday, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Saunders is coming off the 15-day DL and is expected to be available for Saturday's game against the Rays. His rejoining of the club means that Steve Tolleson will be desiganted for assignment.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 1 week ago

Saunders (knee) is not expected to join the Blue Jays until Saturday or Sunday, MLB Network Radio reports.

It was previously believed that Saunders would return Friday, but Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said the outfielder will play another rehab game with High-A Dunedin. Given that the Jays are facing left-handed Drew Smyly on Friday, it makes sense to wait another day or two. One available, Saunders is expected to serve as the everyday left fielder, and while he may get some days off when Toronto faces southpaws, he won't be stuck in a platoon.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 1 week ago

Saunders (knee) is expected to join the Blue Jays on Friday, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports.

Saunders struggled during a lengthy rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin, going 5-for-22 with no home runs in seven games. He's still expected to get regular playing time in left field, and he'll likely be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 2 weeks ago

Saunders (knee) may rejoin the Blue Jays for Friday's game against the Rays, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

Saunders' rehab assignment has dragged on somewhat longer than expected, but it seems he's a near-lock to return this upcoming weekend. Once he joins the team, Saunders will likely get most of the playing time in left field, though he may often find himself out of the lineup against southpaws.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 2 weeks ago

Saunders (knee) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts for High-A Dunedin on Sunday while playing DH.

After an originally accelerated timeline that suggested he might be ready for the home opener for the Blue Jays, Saunders has been stuck in Dunedin longer than he had anticipated. With Kevin Pillar playing well in left field in Saunders' absence, it will be interesting to see what happens upon his return. Saunders will need to play in a few games at Triple-A Buffalo before being called up to the majors, so he still has some time in the minors. One might want to see what his playing time looks like at the major league level before inserting him in your lineup.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 2 weeks ago

Saunders (knee) played in an extended spring training game Saturday in Dunedin, John Lott of the National Post reports.

Saunders was originally scheduled to serve as the DH in a game for High-A Dunedin, but no explanation was given for the sudden change of plans. The Blue Jays want to work the outfielder into a few more rehab starts at the Triple-A level, but a timeline for those games remains unclear.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 2 weeks ago

Saunders (knee) will sit another game out Friday then will serve as the DH for High-A Dunedin, followed by a move to Triple-A Buffalo before being activated, John Lott of the National Post reports.

Saunders remains a work in progress as he continues to progress his way back, but now a hamstring seems to be the main cause of his slow progression. It appears that some point next week is the target date for activation, as manager John Gibbons would like him to face some better competition at Triple-A before returning to the club, but an end is finally in sight.