Michael Saunders LF TOR 15 minutes ago

Saunders is likely to continuing seeing routine days off, specifically when the Jays play at home on artificial turf, Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Due to injuries, Saunders only played in 87 games over the past two seasons (only nine last year, in his first run with the Jays). He's off to an exceptional start, hitting .318 with a .375 on-base percentage, a .530 slugging percentage, eight doubles and two home runs, and has taken over the valuable leadoff spot in an elite offense. With a routine maintenance plan seemingly in place, Saunders is best suited for daily leagues.

Michael Saunders LF TOR 3 days ago

Saunders made his return tot he lineup after a three-day absence, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Saunders has gotten off to a raging hot start to the season, hitting .345 this month despite dealing with a hamstring injury. Health is always a problem for Saunders, who played in just nine games last year and 78 the year before that, but the outfielder already has nine extra-base hits this year. He had double-digit homers and steals in his last full season back in 2013.

Michael Saunders LF TOR 4 days ago

Saunders (hamstring) is back in the lineup Monday, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He'll hit sixth Monday after missing the entire weekend series with Oakland. Saunders is hitting .321/.390/.509 with a homer and four RBI through 14 games for the Jays this season.

Michael Saunders LF TOR 5 days ago

Saunders (hamstring) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's the third straight absence for Saunders, who wasn't available to pinch hit in either of the previous two contests. The Jays haven't provided any indication yet that Saunders will require a DL stint, but that could become a possibility if his injury lingers into the middle of the week. With Saunders out of commission, Ezequiel Carrera will get another start in left field while serving as the club's leadoff hitter.

Michael Saunders LF TOR 7 days ago

Saunders is out of the lineup Friday with a hamstring injury, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Friday's absence is injury-related as it turns out, although the severity of the hamstring issue remains uncertain. A knee injury kept Saunders off the field for most of 2015, and he dealt with some hamstring soreness during the initial days of this season. Ezequiel Carrera will fill in for Saunders on Friday both in left field and atop the batting order.

Michael Saunders LF TOR 7 days ago

Saunders is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the A's, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 29-year-old has thrived since being moved atop the Toronto batting order, going 8-for-21 with multiple hits in each of his last three games. However, the Blue Jays seem intent on taking proactive measures -- one rest day or so per week -- to help ensure Saunders' long-term health. Ezequiel Carrera is leading off Friday.

Michael Saunders LF TOR 1 week ago

Saunders went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs in Tuesday's 4-3 win against the Orioles.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Since taking over the leadoff spot in the lineup, Saunders is 4-for-13 with two walks, a double, RBI and three runs. The top slot in the Blue Jays batting order is a valuable one as it's followed by perennial All-Stars, providing a great opportunity for the leadoff man to rack up runs and be in the middle of some big rallies. Saunders becomes a valuable asset in nearly every format if he can hang on to his new role in the Jays offense.

Michael Saunders LF TOR 2 weeks ago

Saunders will hit leadoff in Sunday's game against the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kevin Pillar has struggled to get much going from the leadoff position for the Blue Jays, so manager John Gibbons decided to drop him down the batting order Sunday, and elevate Saunders to the top spot. It's not clear if the change is permanent, but Saunders has been getting on base at a far higher clip than Pillar, which will help his chances of remaining atop the order.

Michael Saunders LF TOR 3 weeks ago

Saunders is not in the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Saunders had been dealing with a nagging hamstring issue, and while it's not considered serious, the team will build in a day of rest in an effort to prevent further injury. Ezequiel Carrera will get the nod in left field versus Boston's Rick Porcello.

Michael Saunders LF TOR 3 weeks ago

Manager John Gibbons said Wednesday that Saunders is dealing with some hamstring tightness but he will be back in the lineup Friday, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Saunders was replaced in the lineup by Ezequiel Carrera for Wednesday's contest against Matt Moore and the Rays. While it was initially thought that Gibbons was playing the matchup by inserting Carrera into the lineup, he has since told reporters that he was looking to get Saunders an additional day off with the Jays already off for Thursday. Look for Saunders to draw back in Friday for Tornoto's home opener against Boston.