Rangers place pitcher Joe Saunders on disabled list with ankle injury

Monday April 7th, 2014

 Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders lasted just 3.2 innings in his first start with the team. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders lasted just 3.2 innings in his first start with the team. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

The Texas Rangers placed pitcher Joe Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left ankle, the team announced Monday.

The move is retroactive to April 5.

Saunders was injured in Friday's 8-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays when he was hit by a ball off of the bat of Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. X-rays taken on the ankle were negative.

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.

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