The Toronto Blue Jays will be without one of their better young players when the season gets under way in a little under a week. Brett Lawrie is dealing with a strain in his rib cage that kept him out of World Baseball Classic play. Now the injury will cause him to miss some time during the regular season.
John Lott of the National Post says Lawrie will begin the season on the 15-day DL. However, the cost move will be back dated so Lawrie will be eligible to play in games as early as April 5th. The question is, can he be ready by then? All signs seem to point to no.
Lawrie still has not been cleared to engage in any baseball activities. He must wait for the injury to heal further before trying to swing the bat or play in the field. The Blue Jays will be fine without him short-term, but they certainly don't want to be without him long-term. That's why the cautious approach makes sense with Lawrie.
The Canada native has played two seasons in Toronto - a total of 168 games. In that time, he has proven to be a solid hitter. Lawrie has hit .278/.336/.444 in his career. He was hampered by injuries for parts of the 2012 season, so aside from this early injury, Lawrie is looking to play through a season healthy.
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