Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/21/12

Brett Lawrie has served the four-game suspension brought upon by his helmet-tossing after Bill Miller called him out on strikes in the ninth inning of Toronto's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

It was just another example of the Blue Jays not getting the bounces. When Lawrie tossed the helmet, it bounced up and hit Miller on the hip. Score it a bad-hop hit.

So where does Lawrie's return leave Yan Gomes, who was called up on Thursday from Class AAA Las Vegas to play third base for Lawrie?

You would hope that leaves Gomes right where he is -- with the Blue Jays, doing something. This guy showed at spring training that he can play and did nothing to dispel that notion at Las Vegas or with Toronto.

"A quiet confidence, a guy who's got strength in his game, whether that's arm strength, strength in the bat," is the way manager John Farrell describes Gomes. His arm, the manager said, is a "cannon."

Gomes already has shown he can play third base with that terrific arm. That shouldn't be surprising since he is a good catcher who threw out 33 percent of runners trying to steal when he had a chance to play last year with Class AA New Hampshire.

He also can play first base. As a youngster, he played shortstop and outfield as well. Obviously he is not afraid to try something new.

"He hasn't backed away from any challenges," Farrell said. "He doesn't have a whole lot of third base in his past, and even when we played him at third base at spring training, he was adequate -- more than adequate there in the early read of it. That's why there really was no hesitation to bring him up with Brett's situation.

"I think, ultimately, upon Brett's return, we'll have internal discussions," Farrell said. "For a player of his stage in his career, if we can find him enough at-bats, there's a potential, with his versatility, to remain in the mix."

You kind of hope they can. He does not look like someone who is going to take anything for granted. He has had to work too hard for what he has from baseball. The fans already sense that. Let's hope the Blue Jays do, too.

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