Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 4 Days

Saunders ended up having 70 percent of his meniscus removed during Friday's procedure and is now expected to miss just 4-to-6 weeks, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Initial reports suggested Saunders would be out until the All-Star break after suffering a torn meniscus in his knee, but his estimated recovery time was reduced dramatically with the decision to actually have most of the meniscus removed. Saunders will leave the hospital without crutches and may be able to resume running in just two weeks. A return as soon as mid-April is now looking realistic, which, needless to say, is outstanding news for the Blue Jays.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 5 Days

Saunders has a torn meniscus in his knee and will be out until the All-Star Break, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.

Saunders' fantasy value for the 2015 season will effectively be cut in half -- that is if he's able to return at full stength after the Midsummer Classic. Per Shi Davidi, the Blue Jays will first explore in-house options before turning to other potential solutions as spring training comes to an end. This means that Kevin Pillar and Dalton Pompey should both see consistent work during the first half, while the team may choose to get a longer look at Andy Dirks and Chris Dickerson in camp.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 2 Months

Saunders agreed to a one-year, $2.875 million contract with the Blue Jays on Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Saunders was moved from the Mariners to the Blue Jays in the offseason as part of a trade that sent back J.A. Happ to Seattle. He figures to slot in as the starting left fielder for the Blue Jays in 2015, coming off a season in which he hit .273/.341/.450 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 78 games. Saunders will look to stay healthy following a campaign in which he missed time with knee, shoulder and oblique issues.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 3 Months

Saunders has been traded to the Blue Jays for J.A. Happ, per Jayson Stark.

Last season was a career-best for Saunders going by batting average, on-base,and slugging, and should only get better as he escapes Safeco Field. At age 28, Saunders is in his prime and should return to center field. Although he spent some time on the DL last season, Saunders seems headed for a career season in 2015 with a more friendly park and valuable position.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 5 Months

Saunders is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels.

Saunders will be held out with the Mariners facing left-hander C.J. Wilson on Saturday. Chris Denorfia will get the start in right field in Saunders' place.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 5 Months

Saunders went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI as he parked his eighth home run of the season.

It's been a tumultuous season for Saunders (.268/.332/.439) who has battled injury, inconsistent production and a lack of everyday playing time. Saunders is one of the hotter Seattle bats right now, so look for him to play the last two games of the season as the Mariners are still fighting for a playoff spot.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 5 Months

Saunders was a bright spot Sunday against the Astros, going 2-for-3 with a homer in the loss.

Saunders hasn't played much since returning from the DL on Sept. 8, but given how others in the lineup have slumped lately, he might get a little extra playing time over the final week-plus of the season.

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Saunders is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

The Mariners will rest several of their left-handed batters with southpaw Derek Holland on the mound for the Rangers. Chris Denorfia will fill in for him in the outfield.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 6 Months

Saunders is not in the lineup Sunday for the second straight day, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns.

Saunders will sit out a second straight day with the Mariners facing A's lefty Jon Lester on Sunday. He could return to action Monday with the Mariners scheduled to take on Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker.

Michael Saunders CF/RF TOR 6 Months

Saunders is out of the lineup Saturday against the Orioles, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Saunders was activated from the disabled list Monday and has started each of the four games since. He will get the day off Saturday in favor of James Jones, who will bat eighth and play right field for the Mariners.