Blue Jays 3B, Brett Lawrie, has not played since May 27th due to a sprained ankle suffered on a stolen base attempt. Lawrie is out of the walking boot he was wearing and resumed baseball activities earlier this week. While there is still no timetable for his return, Lawrie was able to take some groundballs, batting practice, and do a bit of light running.
Lawrie also spent time on the DL to start the season after straining his oblique during the World Baseball Classic. In 37 games, he hit .209 with 5 homers and 14 RBI. The Jays admitted his slow start was because they rushed him back before he established his timing at the plate during his minor league rehab assignment when he was recovering from the oblique strain. But at the time, they desperately wanted his glove at 3B.
It will be interesting to see both Jose Reyes, who is also on the mend, and Lawrie playing the left side of the infield together and should definitely be an instant upgrade from whatever pairing the Jays throw out there right now. Even though the Jays have played 71 games (or 44% of their season), Lawrie and Reyes have not played together yet this season.
As much as Lawrie is a hot-head and needs to relax and let his skills take over – he’s vastly talented but his head gets in the way – it will be nice to have his bat and glove in the line up when he’s 100% healthy.