"He's been able to keep his arm going," general manager Jon Daniels said. "The ankle's not ready yet for him to go out in a game. He can do a lot of things he needs to do but he's not game ready. He'll go out to Arizona, work out in Surprise. It's relatively convenient for him, just having had a baby girl. He lives out there. He can work out there until he's ready to go on a rehab assignment."
Saunders made his only start against the Rays on April 4 and had to leave the game in the fourth inning after getting hit by a shot off the bat of Evan Longoria. Saunders did not expect to be out this long, but the ankle hasn't healed as quickly as he expected.
"This is the first non-arm injury in my life," Saunders said. "Usually when you're on the disabled list, it's for a sore shoulder or a sore elbow. I can see that but for a foot, it's definitely frustrating. I've got to be patient."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.