DTDMichael Saunders
LF/RF/DH TOR
21 hours ago

Saunders is not in Thursday's lineup, as he is dealing with a hamstring injury, Blue Jays radio announcer Mike Wilner reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to manager John Gibbons, Saunders felt the hamstring lock up on him Wednesday, and so he'll be held out with the issue Thursday. The extent of the injury is not known, but he should be considered day-to-day until more information becomes available. Ezekiel Carrera is manning right field in his stead, while Jose Bautista was activated off the DL and is set to DH on Thursday.

DTDMichael Saunders
LF/RF/DH TOR
22 hours ago

Saunders is not in Thursday's lineup against the Angels, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders has collected a trio of hits -- including a double and home run -- over the last two games, but he'll head to the bench Thursday in favor of Ezequiel Carrera in right field. Jose Bautista (knee) will return to the lineup Thursday as the team's DH and could cut into Saunders' playing time once he's healthy enough to return to the field.

DTDMichael Saunders
LF/RF/DH TOR
2 days ago

Saunders went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Tuesday win over the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders' eighth-inning smash pushed his career-high total to 21 on the season, but it was just his second homer in 66 at-bats this month. The veteran is in the midst of a career year, but his production have drastically dropped off in recent weeks. Saunders is slashing a paltry .167/.247/.288 in August, his worst numbers across the board for any month.

DTDMichael Saunders
LF/RF/DH TOR
1 week ago

Saunders is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees, according to Sportsnet's Barry Davis.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders is just 1-for-17 with nine strikeouts in his career against Yankees starter CC Sabathia, so he will be held out Wednesday with Sabathia on the bump for the opponent. Ezequiel Carrera will get the start in right field Wednesday in Saunders' place.

DTDMichael Saunders
LF/RF/DH TOR
2 weeks ago

Saunders went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

He tied up the game with a 403-foot solo shot in the fourth, his first round-tripper since blasting a pair against the Mariners on July 23. Saunders has been struggling considerably in August overall, however, slashing only .167/.250/.278 over 36 at-bats during the month.

DTDMichael Saunders
LF/RF/DH TOR
3 weeks ago

Saunders is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals, according to Sportsnet's Barry Davis.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders will be held out with manager John Gibbons opting to use a lineup of exclusively right-handed hitters against Royals starter Danny Duffy. Saunders does own a .991 OPS against left-handers this season, but he has not been hitting much of late, and Duffy has limited opposing lefties to just a .192 batting average this season, so Gibbons decided to use Melvin Upton in left field instead.

DTDMichael Saunders
LF/RF/DH TOR
3 weeks ago

Saunders went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Friday's game against the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders' night off Thursday must have helped clear his mind of the funk he'd been in. Entering Friday's contest, the outfielder was just 4-for-32 (.125) in his previous nine games. Over the past two seasons, Saunders has logged just 35 at-bats post All-Star break. The 29-year-old is looking to cap off a career season down the stretch of 2016, but it's reasonable to assume Saunders will be dealing with some tired legs as the campaign winds down.

DTDMichael Saunders
LF/RF/DH TOR
3 weeks ago

Saunders is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Astros, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders will get a regular day off after starting the past six games in left field. He is just 3-for-23 in that span with no extra-base hits and 13 strikeouts, and is likely spending Thursday on the bench in order to clear his head and get ready for Toronto's next series against the Royals. In his place, Melvin Upton will get the start in left.

DTDMichael Saunders
LF/RF/DH TOR
1 month ago

Saunders is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres, according to Sportsnet's Barry Davis.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's game, so manager John Gibbons decided to give him a mental break Wednesday. Melvin Upton will get the start in left field in Saunders' place.

DTDMichael Saunders
LF/RF/DH TOR
1 month ago

Saunders went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo homers in Saturday's 14-5 loss to the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger was one of the few bright spots in the blowout loss, touching up his former team with a pair of round-trippers in the later stages of a blowout defeat. Saunders now has three of his four July homers over the last two games.