Found June 20, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is finally approaching a return after being out for several weeks with his sprained left ankle. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Lawrie is now involved in baseball activities, but manager John Gibbons was not ready to say that Lawrie would be back soon. "We're not sure yet, but he took some groundballs, took some batting practice, did a little bit of running," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said when asked about a timeline. "But he's probably still a little ways away." Lawrie has been out since the last week of May, when he twisted his ankle while sliding in to second. The injury was not originally expected to take this long to heal but after a couple of weeks, it became apparent that Lawrie would not return for some time. This is Lawrie's second DL stint of the season, after he started the season on the disabled list with an oblique strain. The Jays have been a real disappointment for those who thought that their offseason moves would turn them into the best team in the AL East, but lately they have put together an 8-game winning streak that leaves them just one game under .500 and 7.5 back of the first-place Red Sox in the division. The real question is whether Toronto will even benefit from having Lawrie back. After his spectacular debut in 2011, when he hit .293/.373/.580 in 171 plate appearances, Lawrie has been a below-average offensive player with a 92 OPS+ and he is hitting just .209 this year. The Jays have been rotating at third, with Edwin Encarnacion, Maicer Izturis and Mark DeRosa all getting multiple starts while Lawrie is out. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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