Found March 08, 2013 on
MLB Injury News:
The Toronto Blue Jays will be without Brett Lawrie for a few weeks this spring. Perhaps more importantly, Team Canada will be without him for the entire World Baseball Classic. Lawrie felt a tightness in his side during a prep game for the WBC and has since been shut down for 2-3 weeks.
According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Lawrie strained his left rib cage. He will be returning to Blue Jays camp as he is unable to participate in WBC activities. Luckily, the injury was not more severe. Lawrie is not expected to miss much time in terms of games.
"He has a mild strain [and will miss] two to three weeks, on the conservative side," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "It could be less than that; hopefully, it's two weeks, but right now, based on that, you would expect him to be ready for Opening Day."
Lawrie had his share of injuries last year, so there was some immediate concern when he felt the tightness on Wednesday night. Lawrie had been fielding a ball in the prep game against the Cincinnati Reds when the strain occurred. Fortunately it was not all that bad.
Lawrie is entering his third year of Major League play. In his rookie season, Lawrie hit .293/.373/.580 in 43 games. Last season, Lawrie's first full year, he hit .273/.324/.405 with 11 home runs. The Blue Jays are excited to see what the 23-year old can do going forward. Fortunately, they don't have to wait long to continue seeing him in action.
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