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Jays forced to stick Lawrie at third, for now

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08:10 AM ET 04.16 | Appropriate that in Toronto changing on the fly became a way of life to start the week, thanks to the return of Brett Lawrie. [Lawrie will] all but assuredly be at third base, not second, with star slugger Jose Bautista back in right field. The alterations to the club's makeshift plans amid Jose Reyes' injury continued to seemingly evolve by the hour Monday. ... [The] tightening in Bautista's back that started Sunday gave manager John Gibbons cause to reconsider the wisdom of a long-term shift of Bautista to third and Lawrie to second during Reyes' absence. ... [Said Gibbons:] "The way we looked at it, put Brett over there at second base just to see if he can do it. We're in a jam, there's no question about it. We just want to look at it."

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April 16, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Good, I got him on my fantasy team and five games at 3B gives him eligibility for that position in fantasy baseball. ;-)

April 16, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Well, the good news is that the Blue Jays won't have to worry about where to play Lawrie for too much longer as he'll likely be back on the DL in about 38 minutes.

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April 16, 2013  01:32 PM ET
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Or he'll slam out 30 and hit over .300 over the next 145 or whatever games remain.

Sure, that's possible, it's just that the injury scenario is the one with a historical track record.

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April 16, 2013  04:29 PM ET
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Because he missed the last month of an awful Jays season last year, and hurt his ribcage on dumb WBC duty? Yup. Injury prone.

He didn't miss the last month of the 2012 season, he missed August, and yes, because he's hurt now - I don't care if he hurt himself at the WBC or giving Bob McKenzie a handy - he's on the DL.

I've also read reports that his fragility has been a bit of a question since high school.

Then again, maybe you're right, maybe he'll hit .300 with 30 dingers in the remaining 149 games, despite the fact that in 168 career games, he's hit .278 with 20 dingers. Fanboy.

April 16, 2013  04:40 PM ET
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Because he missed the last month of an awful Jays season last year, and hurt his ribcage on dumb WBC duty? Yup. Injury prone.

The following is from Baseball Prospectus 2012:

The only knock on Lawrie's remarkable breakout was his health: he spent two stints on the DL with injuries to bones in each of his hands.

So, in the last two professional seasons plus a half month, Lawrie's had four DL stints for injuries to his ribs, an oblique and both hands. Yup, I must be a clown for suggesting that he might be injury prone...

 
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