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Blue Jays | Michael Saunders won't be ready

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:56:54 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) won't be ready for the season opener, according to manager John Gibbons.

Fantasy Tip: Saunders could miss the first couple of weeks. OF Dayan Viciedo ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) could be a cheap flyer worth considering during the first week on FantasyScore.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Gregor Chisholm

Blue Jays | Michael Saunders appears in game

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:56:37 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) appeared in his first game of the spring Thursday, March 19, in a minor league game. He did not run the bases or play the field, though. Returning for opening day is not out of the question, but it is unlikely, despite Saunder's optimism. "If my knee is healthy and I have some at-bats and I feel comfortable in the box and in the outfield, then we'll make our decision. But until then, I'm going to have to hang back until I'm ready to play in the outfield."

Fantasy Tip: Continue to check back for updates on Saunders' progress and recovery timeline. As long as there aren't further setbacks, he projects to be a solid late-round flier in mixed leagues. Saunders is expected to be ready sometime in April, and the Blue Jays are counting on him to be their everyday left fielder. Just remember that the knee injury may hinder his stolen base return, and speed has been one of his best fantasy assets in the past.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Toronto Star - Brendan Kennedy

Blue Jays | Michael Saunders to play Thursday

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:09:53 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter in a minor league game Thursday, March 19.

Fantasy Tip: Saunders is way ahead of schedule in return from his knee surgery this spring. It's looking like he will be able to return sometime in April, although he's likely to miss the start of the regular season. Regardless, that could make him a value pick late in mixed leagues.

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Blue Jays | Michael Saunders to hit in cage

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:21:58 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) was expected to take swings in the batting cage Tuesday, March 10, as part of his knee rehab.

Fantasy Tip: Saunders could be ready for Opening Day, but mid to late April is more likely. Whatever the case, he may be worth a late-round investment in deeper drafts.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Gregor Chisholm

Blue Jays | Michael Saunders feeling good

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:54:43 -0800

Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) threw on flat ground for the second straight day Friday, March 6, from 90 feet. Saunders is feeling no ill-effects from left knee surgery just eight days ago. He had surgery to remove 60% of the cartilage from his knee. Saunders has been amazed at how well his knee feels so soon, and he expects to start hitting off a tee in a few days. Running is the last part of his rehab, and he could start that in a week or so. Saunders cautions that he is day-to-day, even though general manager Alex Anthopoulos could see him in the lineup on opening day.

Fantasy Tip: Saunders has always had an intriguing mix of power and speed, but injuries have continued to get in his way. He hasn't played more than 139 games in his career in a single season. The move to Toronto only helps his fantasy value if he can stay on the field, though. And if he's able to return in mid-April, there's even more reason to select and stash him in the late rounds of deep mixed leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: National Post - John Lott

Blue Jays | Michael Saunders back in April?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:47:09 -0800

Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) underwent surgery Friday, February 27, to remove 60% of the meniscus from his left knee. Saunders is expected to miss five to six weeks, should be able to start running in two weeks, and might be able to begin a rehab assignment in three to four weeks from now. "Having him back sooner is great, and nice that he's got a chance to be back by the middle of April," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

Fantasy Tip: Saunders is an interesting late-round stash option in deep mixed leagues thanks to his new digs and potential to reach the low-teens in homers and stolen bases. He moves from Safeco Field to the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre as his home park, joining a talented Blue Jays lineup. His struggles with left-handed pitchers should result in him receiving fewer at-bats than a true everyday hitter, and his career .231 batting average is indicative of him not being a help in that category. Saunders will be a FantasyScore option when facing most right-handed pitchers.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Sportsnet.ca - Shi Davidi

Blue Jays | Surgery likely for Michael Saunders

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:14:45 -0800

Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) will likely need surgery to fix torn cartilage in his left knee, but he will seek a second opinion first, according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Saunders was on crutches Thursday, Feb. 26. Anthopoulos said the team will look internally to replace him, but they are open to a trade or a free agent.

Fantasy Tip: Saunders will no longer be worth a late-round stab in mixed league drafts. Dalton Pompey's sleeper status receives a pretty big boost, though, and you should look to him in the later rounds for his speed skills.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press

Blue Jays | Michael Saunders to miss first half

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:15:35 -0800

Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) will require surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and he'll be out until at least the All-Star break. Saunders suffered the injury in the outfield when he stepped on a soft spot of ground near an underground sprinkler Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Fantasy Tip: Saunders was a fringe consideration in mixed leagues, but he'll be one to watch during the season for a potential waiver claim.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Canadian Press - Shi Davidi

Blue Jays | Michael Saunders avoids arbitration

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:39:56 -0800

Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.875 million deal Friday, Jan. 16.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: CBSSports.com - Jon Heyman

Blue Jays | Jays view Michael Saunders as starting LF

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:53:14 -0800

The Toronto Blue Jays view OF Michael Saunders as their starting left fielder, after the outfielder was acquired Wednesday, Dec. 3. That means the team is unlikely to re-sign free-agent OF Melky Cabrera.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: New York Post - Joel Sherman