Blue Jays place Lawrie on 15-day disabled list

Jun 23, 2:07 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays will be without the services of infielder Brett Lawrie for at least two weeks, as they announced Monday that he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list

Lawire suffered a fractured right index finger in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds after being hit in the hand by a pitch. 

The 24-year-old had been enjoying a breakout season prior to the injury, hitting a career-high 12 home runs in 69 games while batting .244/.299/.419 and splitting time between third base and second. 

Sep 2, 12:49 PM

Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie out for the season with strained oblique

Sep 2, 12:49 PM

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie's season is over after the team transferred him to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday.

Lawrie played just three innings in his return from a fractured finger before suffering a left oblique strain Aug. 5 against the Baltimore Orioles.

Tuesday's transaction was made to accommodate several call-ups, including top prospects Daniel Norris and Dalton Pompey. The Blue Jays officially confirmed the expected promotions via Twitter. It was also announced that right-hander Neil Wagner was released by the team.

Lawrie, 24, has been plagued by injuries throughout his young career, having never appeared in more than 125 games at the big-league level. Prior to landing on the DL for six weeks with a fractured right index finger, the 2008 first-round pick looked poised to put together a career year.

He eclipsed his previous high for home runs in just 70 games, clubbing 12 homers across 282 plate appearances. His .247/.301/.421 hitting line was skewed by an awful first few weeks at the plate, as his .291/.342/.465 slash since April 26 helped create 23 runs more than league average, according to FanGraphs' wRC+ metric.

Given Lawrie's potential at the dish and versatility in the field - where he manned both second and third base this season - his injury left a huge hole on a roster already decimated by various ailments.

The Blue Jays went 39-31 with Lawrie in the lineup, and just 30-36 in his absence.

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Aug 7, 8:51 PM

Blue Jays GM: Lawrie out until September with oblique injury

Aug 7, 8:51 PM

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos admitted Thursday that third baseman Brett Lawrie will be out until September with an oblique injury, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisolm.

"You just don't know how he is going to recovery, how strong he's going to feel," Anthopoulos said. "Everybody recovers at their own pace, but certainly Brett is going to be out for a while."

After missing roughly six weeks with a fractured finger, Lawrie strained his oblique Tuesday in his first game back from a lengthy stint on the disabled list. The 24-year-old was sent for an MRI shortly thereafter and was placed on the disabled list Thursday for the second time this season.

Lawrie, a first-round pick in 2008, has battled persistent injury trouble throughout his young career and has yet to eclipse 125 games in a single season since making his debut in 2011.

"Some of this stuff was freaky -- he got by a pitch, slid into a base and rolled his ankle," Anthopoulos said. "Those are things you can't prepare for. But at some point you start having a large enough sample size, and body of work, you have to try to build in that depth to protect yourself if you know that the likelihood is someone is going to miss two weeks or three weeks.

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Aug 7, 12:02 PM

Blue Jays place Brett Lawrie on DL

Aug 7, 12:02 PM

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons refused to update Brett Lawrie's status Wednesday night after the third baseman underwent an MRI.

The club had all of the answers Thursday, and the intense 24-year-old is headed to the disabled list with a left oblique strain. The move is retroactive to August 6.

Lawrie was lifted from Tuesday's game with back tightness, his first game with the club since returning from a broken finger.

The same oblique injury on his left side landed Lawrie on the disabled list for almost a month during his 2013 campaign, and a right oblique strain cost him time in 2012.

The team recalled left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen from Triple-A Buffalo, so the club will work with a short bench to finish its series with the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday in Toronto.

Aug 6, 10:42 PM

Blue Jays manager refuses to give update on Brett Lawrie's MRI results

Aug 6, 10:42 PM

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons unexpectedly refused to give an update on Brett Lawrie's injured back following the team's 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

Instead, the team is sending Lawrie's MRI results to team doctors in Florida to assess the images, according to John Lott of the National Post.

Gibbons initially stated the injury was not considered serious, but this latest revelation might indicate otherwise.

Aug 6, 6:55 PM

Blue Jays manager hopeful Lawrie will avoid stint on disabled list

Aug 6, 6:55 PM

As the Toronto Blue Jays continue to wait for MRI results on Brett Lawrie's back, manager John Gibbons is confident his third baseman can avoid a trip to the disabled list, John Lott of the National Post reports.

Gibbons said Lawrie is feeling better a day after the 24-year-old was forced to leave in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles with back spasms.

MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm expects an update on the injury to be announced during or after Wednesday's game.

Aug 5, 11:21 PM

Blue Jays' Lawrie to undergo MRI after leaving Tuesday's game with back tightness

Aug 5, 11:21 PM

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was lifted from Tuesday's series opener against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning - his first game action since fracturing a finger June 22 - due to back tightness, and the 24-year-old will have an MRI on Wednesday to determine the severity of his condition.

Lawrie said he felt something "grabbing" in his back during pre-game warm-ups, according to John Lott of the National Post, and felt compelled to leave Tuesday's contest after the discomfort persisted. The former first-round pick singled in his lone plate appearance Tuesday evening, lacing a ground-ball down the first-base line and into the right-field corner.

Aug 5, 8:15 PM

Blue Jays' Lawrie leaves in fourth inning vs. Orioles with back tightness

Aug 5, 8:15 PM

Brett Lawrie's long-awaited return to the Toronto Blue Jays lineup lasted all of three innings, as the third baseman, who had been out since June 22 due to a fractured finger, was pulled from Tuesday's game due to back tightness. 

According to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi, the team is saying the move was precautionary. 

Lawrie singled in his only at-bat of the game, but stumbled as he rounded first base, which may have been either the result of or the cause of his discomfort. 

He was replaced at third base by Danny Valencia, who promptly botched a ground ball and allowed a run to score.  

Aug 4, 7:54 PM

Blue Jays' Lawrie to return to lineup Tuesday vs. Orioles

Aug 4, 7:54 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays will activate Brett Lawrie from the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against Baltimore, the team announced.

Lawrie's return to the lineup comes at a critical time for the club after Toronto dropped three of four to the Houston Astros over the weekend. The Blue Jays occupy the second Wild Card spot and remain 3 1/2 games back of the division-leading Orioles after winning 11 of 14 out of the break.

It's unclear where the Blue Jays plan to use the third baseman, who has been sidelined since June 22 with a fractured right index finger. Prior to landing on the DL, Lawrie saw time at second base in an effort to keep Juan Francisco's bat in the lineup.

Francisco's bat has since cooled and the second base combination of Munenori Kawasaki, Ryan Goins and Steve Tolleson produced adequate, yet underwhelming, results. Toronto went 18-18 in Lawrie's absence.

The 24-year-old is hitting .244/.299/.419 on the year, rates skewed by an awful first few weeks of the season. 

Though the dates include arbitrary end points, it appears Lawrie came alive during a homestand against Boston in late April. Since the 26th of that month, Lawrie hit .291/.342/.465 with seven homers, nine doubles and a 123 wRC+ over 187 plate appearances.

Lawrie's 12 homers in 69 games are already a career high.

Aug 1, 4:52 PM

Report: Blue Jays' Lawrie to begin rehab assignment Friday

Aug 1, 4:52 PM

Toronto Blue Jays second/third baseman Brett Lawrie is reportedly one step closer to a return from injury.

Lawrie, who has been on the disabled list since June 22 with a fractured right index finger, would be a huge addition for the injury-riddled Blue Jays with some big divisional games looming.

The Blue Jays are in Houston for the next three games, have an off-day Monday, and then begin a crucial series with the American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Lawrie could return at some point next week.

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Jun 22, 2:59 PM

Blue Jays' Lawrie suffers fractured index finger vs. Reds

Jun 22, 2:59 PM

The warm fuzzy feelings of the Toronto Blue Jays' remarkable May are a distant memory now. 

Third baseman Brett Lawrie suffered a fractured right index finger after being hit by a pitch in Sunday afternoon's game against the Cincinnati Reds, and will be placed on the disabled list. 

Jun 22, 2:00 PM

Blue Jays' Lawrie leaves game Sunday after taking pitch off right hand

Jun 22, 2:00 PM

A string of bad luck has continued for Toronto Blue Jays. Second baseman Brett Lawrie as he exited Sunday's game after taking a pitch off his hand in the second inning. 

Lawrie returned to the lineup Friday after he was hit on the left hand by New York Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley on Wednesday but X-rays returned negative.