However, the D-backs left-hander woke up feeling good one day after a nasty collision at home plate with the Rockies' Dexter Fowler.
"Just normal day after a start soreness," Saunders said. "My neck feels fine, my face feels fine."
Saunders and Fowler collided when Saunders covered the plate after a pitch got by catcher Miguel Montero. The play left Saunders groggy and he had to be reminded of the details of the play by watching a television replay following the game.
"It's kind of weird looking at the replay and reliving it in real time," he said. "I was just trying to block him from the plate, it was like two trains coming together at the same time. Well with me more like a caboose. It was just one of those baseball instinct things."
That Saunders put his body at risk like that to make the play impressed his teammates.
"It was the big play of the game," Montero said. "That was a big out for us and a great play by him. When I saw him lying there after I was like, 'oh jeez you'd better get up because we don't have enough arms in the bullpen right now.'"
Saunders, who picked up his first win of the year in the game, has pitched better of late.
"If he keeps pitching like that he's going to win a lot more games," Montero said.