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Call-up on hold: Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie placed on minor league DL

Jun 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

Brett Lawrie Reuters

General manager Alex Anthopoulos hinted last week that the Blue Jays were close to calling up top prospect Brett Lawrie, with speculation swirling that he could debut over the weekend, but those plans are now on hold thanks to a wrist injury.

Lawrie avoided a serious injury after being hit on the wrist by a pitch Wednesday, excitedly taking to Twitter to tell his followers it was merely a bruise, but he’s been placed on the minor league disabled list anyway.

Because the minor league DL is only seven days, rather than 15 days, Lawrie’s development may not be stalled much at all, but the injury does likely push back his call up to Toronto.

Or as Blue Jays manager John Farrell told Todd Karpovich of MLB.com: “”We just have to be sure we take every precaution with him and make sure he’s completely healthy before he gets back in the game.”

Lawrie, a 2008 first-round pick who was acquired from the Brewers in the Shaun Marcum trade, is hitting .354 with 15 homers and a 1.092 OPS in 52 games at Triple-A as a 21-year-old after Baseball America ranked him as their 40th-best prospect going into the season.

  1. itsacurse - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Based on that photo, DL stands for D-Bag Lookin’

    • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      er, what? He didn’t take the picture nor did he pose I think. It’s a candid shot of him messing around, I think. Anyways, what’s so d-bag about it? Looks like a kid in sunglasses with a ball. You wanna see d-bag, check out any shot of Dykstra. That’s haw you bag a D my friend.

      Glad Lawrie is being held off a bit; the team is STACKED with hitting and sending anyone down means getting rid of production with the exception of Nix. This means the kid get some more time to polish his 3rd base D and the Jays get some time to decide who else besides Nix they can punt to AAA or trade (Dotel, IMO). Hope the wrist gets better fast.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        Hey Cur,
        I just wanted to let you know that Oswalt pitches for the Phillies tomorrow night. Just wanted to give you a little prep time.

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        I know already. You just pay some attention to Drabek vs The Royals, kay? Didn’t the American side have a little trouble over the weekend? Something about 4 zip to Spain in a friendly? I don’t think I’m too worried about what the Phillies will be doing tomorrow. I’m just looking forward to taking a bit of typing time off on ATH and watching you put that considerable education of yours to work. Remember the ‘a’ before the ‘u’ in “Bautista”, mkay?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        I’m glad Drabek is pitching. He is a Phillies product after all….so it won’t be too hard to speak in a glowing fashion about him. Yes, the Americans struggled against the World Champions, but they fielded a team of mostly scrubs. It was embarrassing to watch. I could see it coming when I looked at the line-up. No Dempsey, no Donovan, no Bradley, no Mayor of Hannover, spells bad things for Team USA. It is shocking the drop off in talent from the top 6-7 guys to their replacements. The team will be intact on Tuesday and my prediction is a 2-1 American victory. DeGuzman for Canada….Agudelo with a second half brace for the Stars and Stripes.

      • spindervish - Jun 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM

        Alright, you’ve made this claim that the Jays are “stacked” offensively a few times now, and I’m not buying it. Rivera, Encarnacion, Hill and obviously Nix all have OPSs south of .680, and the team currently has 3 regulars sitting on 1 HR (well, two if you no longer consider E5 a regular). Also – Corey Patterson is your left fielder.

        Bautista is the best hitter on the planet and Lind is a stud, but other than some legit pop at catcher and Escobar (who is admittedly killing it, though I don’t really think much of him as a hitter in general), there’s not a whole lot else to love here. Certainly nothing that should keep Lawrie at Triple-A any longer than necessary.

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 5:03 PM

        If you look at the stats in isolation, spindervish you have a point. I’m looking at performance over the last 1.5 weeks and that’s where you see the offensive improvement.

        Patterson is either on a hell of a fluke streak or has got his act together because he’s been productive at the plate ALL SEASON. All of Rivera, Encarnacion, Hill have recently been heating up. What’s the old saying? Never mess with a guy on a streak? Who deserves to be demoted to make room for Lawrie? Nix and and only Nix.
        As for Patterson as the left fielder; Eric Thames did not deserve to be demoted. However Patterson has done nothing to warrant being demoted or traded. He’s playing rather well. Has a .292 average for Pete’s sake with 5 HR and 28 RBI. That’s pretty productive; just about a 70ish RBIs season pace. You’d demote or trade that guy? Don’t let the prejudice that it’s Corey Patterson cloud your judgement. No I say. Keep him till he goes back to sucking then get Eric Thames back up when (if) he does.

        Oh and please, lets hope you and the rest of MLB continue to think of Escobar as ‘not much of a hitter’. His 0.290 average is WOEFUL right? Those 7 HR and 24 RBI are just awful, eh? Just make sure your team gets your scouting report.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Have no idea what the guys above are talking about.
    Val Kimer as Iceman in Top Gun?

    • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      We have a bet; me & drmonkeyarmy. If, in the Soccer Gold Cup match of the USA v Canada, the Canadians beat the USA side on Tuesday then ‘army must write a glowing sunny piece on ATH about the Jays on Wednesday AM. Clearly he is worried sick. If, in the unlikely event that the US side get totally lucky and beat the Beaverballmen, then I gotta write a glowing piece about the Philthies. In the event of a draw then no writing required.
      Poor old ‘army. His boys took a drubbing in an exhibition match on Saturday against the Spanish side. Meanwhile the Beaverballmen had a draw against Ecuador, a team that previously beat them 2 zip. I like my chances.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      sidebet on futbol

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 2:09 PM

        Olé!

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 2:23 PM

        Oh, that’s about curling or something. Must look in broom closet more ofter.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    not another hyped up blowjays prospect, im sure he will be as good as rios and wells were

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