Joe Saunders SP TEX 12 Hrs

Joe Saunders felt some renewed pain in his left ankle during a bullpen session on Wednesday.

He threw a successful bullpen on Monday, but Wednesday's didn't go so well. He'll take a few days off from throwing before testing the ankle out again. It may compromise his ability to be back with the Rangers by the end of the month, but he shouldn't be too far behind the original timetable.

Joe Saunders SP TEX 1 Day

Joe Saunders (ankle) threw a successful bullpen session Monday.

He'll throw another 'pen session Wednesday before being tested with some fielding drills. Saunders should be ready to rejoin the Rangers before the end of the month.

Joe Saunders SP TEX 10 Days

Rangers placed LHP Joe Saunders on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 5.

Saunders suffered a bruised ankle when he was hit by a comebacker in his start on Friday. In a corresponding move, the Rangers have recalled RHP Daniel McCutchen from Double-A Frisco.

Joe Saunders SP TEX 19 Days

Joe Saunders was blasted for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Astros on Saturday.

Saunders is in the Texas rotation, but probably not for long, with Yu Darvish, Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison all likely reentering the mix in April. Stay far, far away.

Joe Saunders SP TEX 22 Days

Joe Saunders has won a spot in the Rangers' starting rotation.

Well, "won" is probably too generous of a term, as Saunders owns a 9.72 ERA this spring. Still, the Rangers need warm bodies for their rotation and the veteran left-hander certainly qualifies. He doesn't have any fantasy value, though.

Joe Saunders SP TEX 24 Days

Joe Saunders was pummeled in Sunday's loss to the Padres, giving up nine runs (four earned) on eight hits in only 1 1/3 innings.

Saunders also walked a pair without recording a strikeout. Despite his 9.72 ERA on the spring, he's still in the running for the final vacancy in the Rangers rotation, but shouldn't be an option in mixed leagues.

Joe Saunders SP TEX 24 Days

Joe Saunders said Sunday that he's currently dealing with the "dead arm" phase of spring training.

The veteran southpaw still feels confident, noting that the Rangers know full well what he's capable of. He's currently battling with Colby Lewis and a host of other candidates to begin the season as the fifth starter in the Rangers rotation.

Joe Saunders SP TEX 1 Month

Joe Saunders allowed four runs (three earned) in three innings of work during Tuesday's start against the White Sox.

Saunders, making his Cactus League debut, allowed six hits including a solo home run to Gordon Beckham. The lefty struck out four and didn't issue a walk. The Rangers, in need of a capable arm at the back end of their rotation, added Saunders on a one-year deal last week.

Joe Saunders SP TEX 1 Month

Joe Saunders is guaranteed $500,000 in his contract with the Rangers.

If Saunders makes the team, he'll receive a $1.5 million salary with the chance for more in bonuses. The veteran southpaw will compete with Alexi Ogando, Colby Lewis, Tommy Hanson, and Nick Tepesch for one of the final two spots in the starting rotation.

Joe Saunders SP TEX 1 Month

Rangers signed LHP Joe Saunders to a one-year contract.

Terms of the deal aren't yet known. With Derek Holland (knee) out until midseason and Matt Harrison behind schedule due to a back injury, Saunders will give the Rangers some rotation depth. The veteran lefty had an ugly 5.26 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 32 starts with the Mariners and would appear to be a very poor fit in Texas. Still, it looks like he has a decent chance to begin the year in the rotation.