Arlington – Texas Rangers left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders is looking a lot better than he did during spring training and after his first outing in 2014. In case you don’t remember Saunders first outing back on April 4, 2014 was horrible and that’s putting it nicely. In that game he allowed 6 hits, 6 runs (5 earned) over 3.2 innings. He probably would have been in the game longer, but he took a liner off his ankle and was removed from the game.
That liner ended up sending Joe Saunders to the disabled list, and many fans were relieved. In fact many fans took went on social media and made some pretty rude and ugly comments about Saunders, all of which were unnecessary. Yes, Saunders had a poor performance, but fans should never wish an injury on a player.
After nearly two months of being away from the majors, Saunders has made his way back and is looking pretty good. Hopefully the fans that booed and wished injury on him are taking notice.
Here are a few Tweets about Saunders
Tonight was first quality start for Joe Saunders since last Aug. 4.
— Anthony Andro (@aandro) June 4, 2014
That was a 9-pitch inning for Joe Saunders. Yep, nine pitches. #cantpredictball
— Richard Durrett (@espn_durrett) June 4, 2014
After a couple of rehab starts Joe Saunders said he was ready for the majors again, the Rangers were very reluctant, in fact they suggested that he do a few more assignments at one time. But with the loss of Martin Perez and Matt Harrison the Rangers and Jon Daniels had little choice but to give Saunders another chance.
Saunders has gone out to the mound twice in a row now and proved his able to get the job done. Last night’s loss was on the bullpen not Saunders. His stock is on the rise, hopefully it won’t plummet back down any time soon.
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