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Jays’ Michael Saunders to Miss First Half of Season

The Toronto Blue Jays are going to be without outfielder Michael Saunders at least until the All-Star break.  According to reports from Sportsnet.ca and the Blue Jays official site, the outfielder has a torn meniscus in his left knee after chasing down a ball during batting practice on Wednesday.  The site also mentions that it happened when he stepped on a soft spot of grass near a sprinkler head.  Saunders was one of the newer members of the Blue Jays that was brought in via trade with the Seattle Mariners earlier in the offseason.

Saunders, 28, was penciled in as the starting left fielder, now Toronto will have the dubious task of filling in the position internally or possibly looking for a trade.  Saunders hit .273 with a .791 OPS in 78 games in 2014.

This isn’t the start the Blue Jays had hoped for if they were to reach the next level.  There doesn’t appear to be a time frame to find a replacement, but it is a story to keep your eye on.

 

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