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Breaking: Brett Lawrie?



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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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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A few items of note being tweeted from camp by the various beat reporters down in Dunedin on this last Monday morning of Spring Training, with the biggest news being that the Jays are taking the cautious– read: smart, albeit frustrating– approach with Brett Lawrie, and will not have him on the roster for Opening Day. He will start the year on the Disabled List in order to take more time to recover from the rib injury that he picked up during the WBC, in the hope that it doesn’t turn into something that nags him throughout the year.

Want proof? Shi Davidi of the Rogers-owned Blue Jays’ Rogers-owned TV broadcaster, Sportsnet, appears to be the first of several to have tweeted this piece of information:

So, that’s  not great, though it will allow the club to carry an extra pitcher– which, while slightly ridiculous, gives them just a bit more time to make a decision on one of their out-of-options guys, and maybe lets them use a bit more strategy in timing when they try to send the odd man out through waivers.

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If you were up last night, perhaps at a bar where people are so far behind on the irony curve that they karaoke’d Sum fucking 41, you’d have heard about Brett Lawrie, and his having been removed from Team Canada’s World Honkbal Fantastic tune-up due to some soreness in his right side.

It turned out, as you may have seen in the Game Threat below, the injury was enough that Lawrie wasn’t working out with his countrymen this morning, as he was being assessed by doctors.

Now, thanks to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, who is in Arizona following Team Canada– and, y’know, the doctors who actually did the assessing– we have word on just what the hell is going on, and it’s not particularly good news for Canada, though the Jays are probably not quite as concerned… maybe.

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