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Brett Lawrie withdraws from 2013 World Baseball Classic because of left rib cage injury

Mar 7, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

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Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca has the breaking news:

The Toronto Blue Jays expect Brett Lawrie to be ready for opening day, but a mild strain near the third baseman’s 10th rib and left intercostal muscle forced him to withdraw from Canada’s entry to the World Baseball Classic on Friday.

Lawrie, a native of Langley, British Columbia, suffered the injury Wednesday during Team Canada’s 12-2 exhibition loss to the Reds.

“Hopefully it’s two weeks,” Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday. “He’s been through it. He said what he had last year was 10 times worse than this, but he knows. … Obviously there was something there and he was smart. He felt something going to his left on a ground ball and something on a swing.”

Lawrie, 23, has hit .278/.336/.446 with 20 homers and 73 RBI in his first 168 major league games.

Team Canada is expected to replace him at the hot corner with the Brewers’ Taylor Green.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Lawrie was smart to realize that something was wrong. In the past he might have been tempted to play through it. I am sure that he is very disappointed as he was eager to represent Canada; however, discretion is the better than valour in this case.

    • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      He’ll be healed up in time for the parade this October!

      • brucewaynewins - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        Why would Brett Lawrie be at the Cincinnati Reds World Series parade in October? Did your mix your Canadians up and meant Joey Votto?

  2. paint771 - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Yeah – what’s too bad about it is that there wasn’t anyone more excited to play for their country than Lawrie. It really seemed to mean something to him, and he seemed pretty devastated about it.

    But, as pc and AA above say, it’s a good sign that he was mature enough to bow out and not risk it. The Jays need him.

  3. elrock7 - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Stupid time of year to play this tourney. Guys are not in game shape yet and injuries will happen. Play it in November.

  4. jaysjunkie - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I’ll “third” the feeling that it’s hopefully an indication that the headstrong Lawrie is maturing a bit. Then again, I’m guessing the Jays had a pretty significant say in the matter, too. It is a concern that it’s a rib injury (which nags) and it’s a recurring injury, though.

  5. jaybird22seven - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I just pray none of the Jays get hurt playing in the WBC

    • bla bla bla - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:50 AM

      jaybird,

      Let us pray that nobody gets hurt; except for whatever numbskull thumbed-down your post.

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