Brett Lawrie continues his road to recovery in Dunedin tonight, and will continue making it on the right side of second base– though that’s not necessarily where he will end up when he returns to the Jays lineup.
Lawrie is “still expected to play 2B tonight for Dunedin,” tweets Shi Davidi. However, the issue with Jose Bautista’s back has given the club “some pause about using him at third,” and Lawrie at second, Davidi adds. “We’re not dead set on doing that anyway,” John Gibbons told him.
In fact, Mike Wilner is even more emphatic, saying that Alex Anthopoulos explains that Ramon Ortiz is just insurance for a Mark Buehrle blow-up and that he’ll be off the roster when Lawrie is back– and that when he gets back, he’ll be at third base.
So… is he still still expected to be at second in Dunedin tonight?
They’d better figure it all out soon, as John Lott tweets that “Gibbons says Lawrie should rejoin club in next couple of days.”
Personally, I’ve said that I’d be interested seeing what Lawrie might look like at second base, but I’ll admit that there are a lot of reasons to not be so comfortable with it. He’s already an excellent defender at third, and he was moved off of second base– where he played during his two years in the Milwaukee organization– for a damn reason. You also worry about him having to make the turn at second base, and taking some hard slides in the process. He’s not necessarily a fragile player, but he’s a damn valuable one, and one who hasn’t shown the greatest aptitude in his young career for keeping himself out of harms way. So now you want to increase the likelihood of contact with an opposing baserunner? Not sure about that.
Also, as Richard Griffin points out in the Toronto Star, what the fuck did you sign Maicer Izturis for, if you’re not comfortable with him at any of the infield positions? I get that three months in one spot is naturally going to leave a utility guy exposed a bit, but it also means having Rajai Davis or Emilio Bonifacio in right field, so…
We discussed this all quite a bit on today’s DJF podcast, so I don’t want to belabour the point. It’s just a bit odd– though clearly good news that Lawrie is due to finally make his return this week.
And apparently he’s going to do it the middle of the damn lineup. “I like Brett in the middle of the line-up,” John Gibbons said, according to a tweet from Arash Madani, who says that Gibbons hasn’t given any thought to Lawrie leading off.
On an unrelated note, Madani tweets that Anthopoulos says Bautista will likely be back in the lineup tomorrow, and in right field. He also tells us that the club finds out tomorrow if Jeremy Jeffress clears waivers.
So… yeah… baseball. Hey, at least it’s some kind of a distraction from the shitty world some days…