Archive for the ‘Brett Lawrie’ Category

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Y’know, it’s real easy to latch on to some hopelessly clueless opinion among a tiny vocal minority and bash it into the ground over the course of a long blog post as though anybody actually capable of comprehending the words on their screen would be dullard enough to disagree, so… let’s do that.

There’s a thing that I’ve seen out there, on Twitter and in the comments here, where Jays fans, terrified of messing with success and off-put by “antics” and “immaturity” that absolutely pale in comparison to last year’s genuinely fuck-skulled throwing-a-helmet-at-an-umpire incident, want to keep Brett Lawrie away from the big league club once he’s healthy– ostensibly to work on his hitting, and probably because of some bullshit about “sending a message.”

That sort of stuff is particularly funny to me, because back when– after his 43 game 2011 cameo resulted in a .407 wOBA– Lawrie could do no wrong, fans were stampeding each other to be the first to defend him against those who dared question his explosion of anger at an umpire. But now that he’s posted a .209/.268/.374 line in his last 153 plate appearances, his always-evident quirks have stopped being lauded and have started to look like a problem to some.

Hmmm…

Real tough to see how this complicated evolution in some fans’ minds has taken place, huh?

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Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

A few items coming from the Twitter fingers of the reporters down at Rogers Centre today that just seem too big to leave until tonight’s Game Threat, as we have new word on the progress of three key Jays who’ve been injured throughout the club’s recent run back towards quasi-respectability…

So… that’s some good news– at least, in a relative sense, as far as Morrow goes. And there’s more!

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Breaking: Brett Lawrie?

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Dimed?

The Jays currently lead the Braves 9-1 after a two-run J.P. Arencibia shot in the bottom of the sixth and a three-run Edwin Encarnacion blast in the seventh, but Arencibia’s long, hard ding dong wasn’t the most eventful action of the former inning, as Brett Lawrie ended up leaving the game with an injured ankle.

It can’t be stressed enough that it wasn’t nearly as immediately serious-looking as the injury that befell Jose Reyes back in April– Lawrie remained in the game at first, and may have been more inclined to leave because of the scoreline. But it was obviously a bit of a painful incident, as turned over on his left ankle as it got caught on the second base bag on what appeared to be a botched hit-and-run with Emilio Bonifacio at the plate.

Bonifacio ultimately grounded into a fielder’s choice in the at-bat, and Lawrie winced noticeably as he moved from second to third– as you can see below– pulling up limp, then leaving the field under his own power, heading straight down the tunnel, followed quickly by trainer George Poulis.

The club has since announced that it’s a left ankle sprain, and that Lawrie is day-to-day. Get your tin foil hats ready, folks!

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After much scuttlebutt and popular sentiment that may have suggested the contrary, John Lott of the National Post tweeted out this nicely framed (sorry, Shi) shot of the Jays’ lineup card for tonight’s game against Barves, showing that Brett Lawrie is indeed in the lineup again for the Jays.

It’s mildly surprising, of course, given that Lawrie could have easily been told to sit following last night’s death stare at Adam Lind and Luis Rivera at third base, after his fly out to shallow right field.

Richard Griffin said today in the Toronto Star that “It may be the most disgraceful exhibition of me-first mentality I can recall in 40 years around the major-league game,” figuring that “it will be a long time before Jays’ young star will ever convince anyone about his desire to contribute on the field ‘for the team’.”

I dunno… maybe?

There’s obviously no defending Lawrie– he’s either being either hopelessly dumb or hopelessly selfish– but it seemed to me like it was handled pretty well (read: awesomely) in the dugout immediately afterward.

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Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays

Brett Lawrie’s “for a while” in the lead-off spot for the Jays appears to have run its course, as Rajai Davis has been moved to the top of the order for tonight’s battle of reigning Cy Young winners. I can’t say it doesn’t make sense, given the way that Rajai has been going against left-handed pitching, and… y’know… Lawrie’s .260/.313/.394 slash line over his last 625 plate appearances.

Granted, he’s only barely past the point where he would have been with a full Spring Training, and last year was a bit of an injury-riddled malaise of a disasterfuck, but I suspect those things would sound awful excuse-y if they were being used in the defence of someone not quite so… how do I put this delicately?… correctly passported.

Or if he didn’t play such otherworldly defence. Or if we didn’t think that he wasn’t still plenty young and talented enough to adjust back to the adjustment the league has made on him.

Or if, y’know, he wasn’t kind of hilarious and awesome.

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santosRC0413

Surely you’ve caught wind of this by now, but just for the sake of being complete– because there are certainly not minor moves of the sort I don’t mind letting slip away into the ether– Brett Lawrie and his Red Bull (and blinged-to-fuck watch) have rejoined the Jays, with the reciprocal move from the club being to put Sergio Santos on the DL with a triceps strain.

The triceps is what had sidelined Santos for a good chunk of the spring, and is perhaps the reason why, while he’s been effective, he hasn’t looked quite as sharp as we’d hoped to see him thus far.

“It hit a point where I felt I wouldn’t be doing the team any service or helping them out if I wasn’t coming in and pitching effectively,” said Santos, according to a piece from Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. “So I’d rather nip it in the bud now and that’s what I think their thinking is as well, get back and hopefully it’s only two or three weeks and then I can be back.”

With the bullpen going well, the loss of Santos for a couple weeks doesn’t seem to suggest some kind of forthcoming doom– though I grant that it’s entirely possible I’ll end up eating those words.

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Toronto Blue Jays v Seattle Mariners

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.”

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