The move is retroactive to April 5.
Daniel McCutchen replaced Saunders in the lineup, allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings. The team sent him back down to the minors after the game. On Monday, the Rangers recalled McCutchen from Double-A Frisco to take Saunders' roster spot.
Saunders, 32, has a 89-82 career record in 10 seasons in the majors. He went 11-16 last season with the Seattle Mariners.SI.COM STAFF: Power Rankings: Detroit Tigers nab top spot in first week of voting