Joe Saunders diagnosed with bruised ankle

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Texas Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders left Friday nights start after being hit with a comebacker.

The veteran left hander had x-rays taken and was later diagnosed with a bruised ankle.

While Saunders appears to have avoided a serious injury his time in the Rangers rotation could be short lived as it appears to be just a matter of time before he is replaced by Colby Lewis when the team moves to a five man rotation. Yu Darvish could take Saunders spot the next time though the rotation.

Saunders lasted just 3 2/3 innings allowing four runs on six hits before leaving the game. He walked three and struck out four.

Saunders was 11-16 last season with a 5.26 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP in 32 starts for the Seattle Mariners.

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