Brett Lawrie has returned to the Blue Jays lineup and from everything I’ve heard (I’m overseas on business and haven’t been able to watch the past few games), his defence has been a major improvement on what the Jays were getting from Maicer Izturis and Mark DeRosa at the hot corner (although I though DeRosa didn’t look that bad – Lawrie is definitely better, but Rosey held his own).
But Lawrie is 0-7 with 4 K’s since returning to the big club. Was he rushed back? Probably. According to earlier reports from the Jays, Lawrie wasn’t supposed to be back until this weekend’s series vs. the Yankees. But with Jose Reyes going down to a severe ankle injury that will most likely keep him sidelined until the allstar break, the Jays wanted to bring up some defence and add Lawrie’s bat to the lineup. Even if he was rushed and his timing is a bit off, I think it’s the right move. He’ll be just fine.
However, in the same day Jays fans received the good news of the Lawrie activation, they also learned that hard-throwing righty Sergio Santos has hit the DL. Santos had looked good so far this season during his brief sample size of appearances. Despite giving up a homer and being tagged with a loss in one of his outings, overall he had pitch 4.1 innings, had 6 K’s, only 1 BB and held opponents to a .188 batting clip while boasting a 0.92 WHIP. With those sorts of numbers and the inconsistency of Steve Delabar to start the season, losing Santos could hurt the backend of the bullpen.
Santos has been shutdown for extra rest already twice this year (once during spring training and once in Detroit) for experiencing a sore triceps muscle. It appears the Jays have taken the cautious approach, as they should early in a season, since Santos had a MRI that showed no damage. He won’t throw for a week and will be re-evaluated.
I don’t know about the rest of the Jays fans, but I’m getting tired of the organization telling us these injuries “are nothing” having players go “day-to-day” only to see them miss fairly considerable time from what we were told during first assessment.
So….Lawrie back, Santos out. Probably more good news than bad, but still not great to hear.