Arguably the most energetic player for team Canada has had to pull out of the World Baseball Classic due to an injury. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman, Brett Lawrie, strained the left side of his rib cage in an exhibition game between team Canada and the Reds.
Lawrie, whose passion for the game of baseball is well documented, was one of the most vocal players on a WBC roster to speak about the honour of wearing his country’s jersey. So vocal, in fact, that Russell Martin is glad that he doesn’t have to play at Rogers Centre this season.
But the news isn’t all bad.
Alex Anthopoulos says that Lawrie’s injury is considered minor and that he’ll only miss two to three weeks, stressing that three weeks was a very conservative case. There is a lot of optimism within the organization that Lawrie will be ready for opening day on April 2nd vs. the Indians.
I’d be lying if I said this news hasn’t gotten me down. I’m so pumped to watch Canada play this weekend (first game is tomorrow at 2:08 pm vs. Italy on Sportsnet) and a lot of that excitement was settled around watching Lawrie wear the Canadian red. I had a feeling he might even steal a game or two with his play this WBC – now we’ll never know.
There will be no replacement joining team Canada to take Lawrie’s place on the roster since the deadline to juggle rosters has passed.
But get well, Brett. We need you this year. And good luck to the rest of the Canadian squad.
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