Despite their general manager Alex Anthopoulous, saying he thought Brett Lawrie would be back in a couple of days, the Toronto Blue Jays have placed the young infielder on the disabled list. Lawrie had left Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves after sliding into second base and injuring his ankle. The injury was thought to be minor, but as yesterday progressed, the extent of the injury became clear. As Barry Davis of Sportsnet reported, the team has officially placed Lawrie on the DL.
More bad news for the #bluejays. Brett Lawrie heading to the DL.
— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) May 29, 2013
Lawrie's injury is being classified as a severe sprain. This is not unlike Jose Reyes' injury from earlier in the year. Fortunately, the sprain Lawrie suffered is not expected to keep him out as long as Reyes' has. It's simply another road bump in what seems to be a lost season for the once-promising Blue Jays.
Lawrie is a big part of the Blue Jays' efforts going forward. He is in just his third Major League season. In each of his prior two years, he's shown the type of promise that gets a front office excited. During his rookie campaign, Lawrie hit .293/.373/.580. Last season, his numbers dropped, but Lawrie still hit 11 home runs. So far this season, Lawrie is hitting .209/.268/.374. His early-season struggles are emblematic of the problems the entire Blue Jays team has had.
With Lawrie heading to the disabled list, Toronto will reportedly call up Andy LaRoche. The Blue Jays will have to fight through yet another injury with yet another replacement player and hope reinforcements come soon. They are sinking fast at 23-30 (9 games out of first).
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