In the top of the fourth inning tonight Brett Lawrie bounced a 1-2 pitch up the middle to Phillies shorstop Freddy Galvis, and though it looked like the kind of play he would normally make close, Lawrie didn’t cross first base like he was blasting across the alkali flats in a jet-powered, monkey-navigated… [consults notecards] … and it goes on like this.
Replays showed Lawrie grimace and slow down while running down the line. He gingerly walked off, and when the club returned to the field for the bottom half of the inning it was Chris Getz who was manning second base (with Juan Francisco at third, of course).
The club has since officially listed the hot-hitting Lawrie — who hasn’t been nearly as abysmal as his totals look since around mid-April, having batted a tasty .319/.359/.569 over 18 games stretching back to April 13th – as day-to-day with right hamstring tightness.
Tightness is better than a strain, so it could be worse, and perhaps he caught it in time to prevent it from being overly bad — it sure looked like he was being as cautious as he possibly could — but if Lawrie can’t go Tuesday, that leaves the club with an even shorter bench than the absurdly short one they’re running tonight. They’re helped by the fact that Dioner Navarro is almost ready (he was available to pinch hit Monday, and hopes to start behind the plate on Wednesday), and if they need to add a warm body down there it’s not like they weren’t going to be making some kind of move to accommodate Adam Lind in the next couple of days anyway. Maybe Navarro pushes up the timeline and Erik Kratz can go, or Chad Jenkins goes back down, or Esmil Rogers gets D’d FA a day early in order to get some temporary reinforcements up here to help the bench until Lind returns — or maybe even Lind’s rehab assignment gets cut short.
Hard to say. Hopefully it doesn’t come to all that and Lawrie is OK in a hurry.
I’ll update this post if we get further word on his condition tonight, and if there are any roster moves to share.
11:15 PM Update
According to reporters assembled down in Philadelphia — including Scott MacArthur of TSN.ca, whose tweet was the first to show up in my timeline — Brett Lawrie is saying that the hamstring issue has been lingering, and that he needs to shut it down for a couple of days in order to avoid a long-term absence. So, his exit was precautionary, but… also sort of not.
Gregor Chisholm adds that it’s been “well over a week” that the injury has lingered– in fact, Lawrie missed a day near the start of camp with a tight hamstring, though I can’t find which side was suffering, and obviously it wasn’t a big hindrance. In a separate tweet, Gregor explains that Lawrie “could continue playing through it but doesn’t want the hamstring to get any worse. Will take at least a couple of days.”
Juan Francisco is your third baseman, folks! Hopefully not for long, as t doesn’t appear as though Lawrie will hit the DL just yet, but ask Jose Reyes about hamstrings. So… let’s hope that way-low O-swing% Francisco is sporting really does show he’s found some kind of new plate discipline, otherwise get set for some Steve Tolleson. But hey, at least Lawrie is doing it right and trying to minimize the hurt.
Some great stuff from Scott MacArthur at TSN.ca, with quotes from Lawrie after the game. Although… it doesn’t exactly paint young Brett as a picture of health.
Lawrie has a history of muscle-related injuries, most notably his oblique problems which cost him time in each of the last two seasons. He sat out the second game of last week’s series in Kansas City with tightness in his back and often times, after games, he’s essentially mummified in elastic bandages holding down ice on various parts of his body.
I’ve hit a point where I can’t keep doing this every single day,” said Lawrie. “In every game that I’ve played in the last little bit it has been little things that have just grabbed on me and almost resets it a little bit and just kind of says this is how it’s going to be, it’s not better yet. That just says to me, as much as it sucks and I can play, I just can’t do it the way that I want to … so I’d rather take a couple of days rather than do something really bad.”
Scott’s piece has more Lawrie quotes and news and notes on some of the club’s other injured players, so hit it up.