Surprise: Michael Saunders may actually play by Opening Day

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Some bad news for the Blue Jays yesterday involving Marcus Stroman is now leavened by at least a little bit of good news involving Michael Saunders:

Saunders was initially expected to miss all of the first half of the regular season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee. Then his prognosis was upgraded to missing 5-6 weeks which would’ve kept him out of most of spring training and delayed the start of his season. If Morosi is right, that timeline is upgraded even more.

Saunders was acquired from Seattle back in December for J.A. Happ. He has battled injury at times, but he has a 111 OPS+ since the beginning of the 2012 season and won’t be a free agent for another two years. The Jays are counting on him to be a key part of their outfield. And now, instead of a half season of his work, they appear to be getting a full year.

In Memoriam: Remembering those the baseball community has lost in the past year

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A few years ago Paul Sullivan of Sully Baseball noticed that Major League Baseball doesn’t have an Oscars-style In Memoriam segment at any point in the year to remember the people that the game has lost. He rectified that by producing one. Today, for the seventh straight year, he has released his In Memoriam video.

Normally it comes out at the All-Star break, as Sullivan’s thought — a good one — was that the league should make it part of the All-Star game festivities. A celebration of baseball lives to go along with everything else baseball celebrates during the Midsummer Classic.

We have no Midsummer Classic this year, but we do have this lovely, heartfelt tribute to those we lost. Great job once again, Sully.