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Brett Lawrie could return to the Blue Jays on Tuesday

Aug 16, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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From beat writer Gregor Chisholm of comes word that Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is tentatively scheduled to spend this upcoming weekend playing in minor league rehab games and could be cleared to return to the active 25-man roster as early as Tuesday night.

Lawrie has been on the 15-day disabled list since August 4 with a strained oblique muscle. He’ll likely have to make it through a workout on Friday in Toronto before the Jays send him to the farm.

The 22-year-old was batting .282/.326/.416 with nine homers, 40 RBI and 13 steals in 427 plate appearances before hitting the shelf. Adeiny Hechavarria and Omar Vizquel have been filling in at the hot corner.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Morrow will also return soon. He needs 1 more rehab start. Bautista will participate in batting practice on Saturday. Rasmus has been able to DH the last 2 games. Encarnacion missed today’s game but it does not seem to be too serious. Arencibia had the hard cast removed from his hand and is now in a soft cast.

    On a negative note, ESPN’s mysterious phantom ” the man in white” is still working for the White Sox today.

    • missthemexpos - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      If nothing else, the massive amount of injuries have allowed Toronto to have a good look at some of the players from Triple A. Sierra looks the most polished from what I have seen so far.

      • jaysjunkie - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        Yeah, that’s been the only silver lining. Sierra is looking pretty solid, but Gose and Hechavarria have been downright painful to watch at the plate. Between Kelly Johnson and when the latter two are in the lineup, the opposing team’s K numbers are sure to be pretty healthy.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM

      light at the end of the tunnel? there is no light when you are in dead last place!! Only darkness

    • jaysjunkie - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      Yes, things do seem to be looking up. Haven’t heard anything about Lind, though.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        Lind still can’t swing a bat due to his bad back. Fortunately, Cooper has been hitting well as his replacement.

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