Dunedin, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders is expected to be sidelined until the All-Star break in July because of a knee injury.

The Blue Jays said Saunders suffered a torn left meniscus. He was hurt while chasing a fly ball during batting practice on Wednesday.

Saunders was acquired from Seattle this offseason in a deal that sent pitcher J.A. Happ to the Mariners. He was expected to start the season as the Blue Jays' left fielder.

The 28-year-old native of British Columbia is a career .231 hitter with 51 homers and 182 RBI over 553 games with Seattle. He played just 78 games last year because of a strained left oblique and batted .273 with eight homers and 34 RBI.