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Brett Lawrie is playing second base on rehab assignment

Apr 15, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Jose Reyes‘ ankle injury has the Blue Jays considering their infield options, including giving third baseman Brett Lawrie some time at second base during his minor league rehab assignment for a rib cage injury.

“We just wanted to take a look at it,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Robert Falkoff of MLB.com. “We feel we’re deeper in the outfield. It’s not something we’re ready to commit to and, if we don’t feel good about it, we won’t go forward with it.”

If the Blue Jays think Lawrie can hack it at second base they could then use Jose Bautista at third base, where he’s started 345 games in the majors. Lawrie, on the other hand, hasn’t started anywhere but third base in the majors and hasn’t played second base since he was at Double-A in 2010.

  1. paint771 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    One thing to point out with Lawrie though (aside from the fact that he was almost exclusively a second baseman in the minors) is the way he’s placed on the field, especially against left-handed batters, makes him basically a part-time second baseman already. He plays waaay over in short right, and athletically too, so much so that he basically fuxored all defensive metrics last year on runs saved and range (so much so that many agencies actually rejiggered the whole thing to account for just him)(here’s a random primer). So he’s by no means been a planted third baseman as his exclusive MLB starts might otherwise indicate.

    • paint771 - Apr 15, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      I can sort of see it most times, but how the hell did this merit three thumbs down?

      Not fans of the lefty shift I guess.

  2. jerze2387 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    I think its a pretty good idea. Bautista, or god forbid in a pinch E5, can handle 3rd if need be (they both have experience), and Lind can pick up some playing time. Plus with Gose, Sierra, and to a lesser extent Raji Davis, it allows the lineup more options, allows Bonifacio to be a Utility guy where hes better (than as a regular 2B), and allows some of the 2B orgizational depth to be utilized at SS after the Reyes injury. And his offensive numbers are more impressive for a 2b than a 3B.

    • cur68 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      The Beavz have options, no doubt about it. In fact, this kid Kawasaki is not too dang bad so far. Got that Ichiro-mimic thing he does. He’s doing all right., eh?

      I’d love to see Sierra up in CF. He plays as good OF as Rasmus, hits better, and is probably smarter. He certainly seems to get along better with the other fielders. Rasmus just looks surly out there. I’m also sick of his striking out. I can forgive a lot of spoiled-fruit behaviour but stinking at the plate while being all surly isn’t winning friends.

      Lawrie is like the anti-Rasmus. Tonnes of ‘thusiasm, versatile, a good attitude with his teammates AND he hits. Can’t wait till he’s back and it doesn’t matter what position he plays: he’ll be good at any IF spot ‘cepting 1-2.

      • jerze2387 - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        “Lawrie is like the anti-Rasmus. Tonnes of ‘thusiasm, versatile, a good attitude with his teammates AND he hits”

        Thats exactly why he’d be able to step in and play 2B.

      • cur68 - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Our Boys are looking better. Starting to find their hitting now. They got killed a bit by the sheer size of Kaufman, but they were not overwhelmed in any way by the Royals. Just gotta NOT send in the slowest throwing pitcher against a lineup that whiffs on min 90’s FBs but eats that breaking stuff alive.

      • badintent - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        And he’ll run into a wall trying to make an impossible catch, grandstanding for the crowd and be out for 2 months with a broke cup.

      • cur68 - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        Go soak your head; there’s a good lil troll.

  3. mendenhallfumblemachine - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Kawaski is in his 30s, not really a kid. Depends on your perspective then agian, but in baseball years no.

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