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Michael Saunders put back on disabled list with discomfort in his surgically-repaired left knee

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From the official Twitter account of the Toronto Blue Jays ...

The @BlueJays select contract of Steve Tolleson from @BuffaloBisons with Michael Saunders being placed on 15-day DL (left knee inflammation)

— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 10, 2015

Saunders tore the meniscus in his left knee in late February when he stepped on a sprinkler head while shagging fly balls at the Blue Jays’ spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida. Initial reports suggested he would be out until the All-Star break, but the 28-year-old outfielder made it back before the end of April. And maybe that’s the problem -- that he rushed his rehab. Saunders needed fluid drained from the surgically-repaired knee early last week and then got a cortisone injection a few days later. Now the Jays have decided that he’s better off getting some extended rest. It’s not clear when he might be ready to return.

Saunders looked like a sneaky-good acquisition for Toronto this offseason. He had a strong .791 OPS (128 OPS+) in 2014 for the Mariners and flirted with a 20-homer, 20-steal season with Seattle in 2012. Chris Colabello is starting in left field for the Blue Jays in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Red Sox.

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