Blue Jays’ Saunders sidelined until All-Star break

Dunedin, FL ( – Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael
Saunders is expected to be sidelined until the All-Star break in July because
of a knee injury.

The Blue Jays said Saunders suffered a torn left meniscus. He was hurt while
chasing a fly ball during batting practice on Wednesday.

Saunders was acquired from Seattle this offseason in a deal that sent pitcher
J.A. Happ to the Mariners. He was expected to start the season as the Blue
Jays’ left fielder.

The 28-year-old native of British Columbia is a career .231 hitter with 51
homers and 182 RBI over 553 games with Seattle. He played just 78 games last
year because of a strained left oblique and batted .273 with eight homers and
34 RBI.