|Feb. 27 4:31 PM PT5:31 PM MT6:31 PM CT7:31 PM ET19:31 ET0:31 GMT8:31 5:31 PM MST7:31 PM EST8:01 PM VEN4:31 UAE (+1)6:31 PM CT-Saunders has undergone surgery on his left knee and could return to the team in five to six weeks. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that Saunders might be back sooner than anticipated, possibly in mid-April.
Analysis: Saunders tore cartilage in his knee Wednesday when he stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls on a side field at spring training. He was originally expected to be out until mid-July. The Blue Jays got Saunders in an offseason trade with Seattle and project him as a starter this year.
|Feb. 26 6:40 AM PT7:40 AM MT8:40 AM CT9:40 AM ET9:40 ET14:40 GMT22:40 7:40 AM MST9:40 AM EST10:10 AM VEN18:40 UAE8:40 AM CT-Saunders stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls, tearing cartilage in his left knee and sidelining him until the All-Star break. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday surgery is likely but Saunders will seek a second opinion.
Analysis: The 28-year-old player was acquired by the Blue Jays in December from Seattle for pitcher J.A. Happ and was projected to be a starter. Saunders hit .273 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 78 games with the Mariners last season. Anthopoulos said the team will look internally for a replacement but is open to a trade or free-agent signing.