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Sergio Santos headed to DL with triceps strain, Brett Lawrie to be activated tomorrow

Apr 15, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

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Some bad news and some good news for the Blue Jays tonight. Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 the FAN reports that right-hander Sergio Santos has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a triceps strain while Brett Lawrie will be activated from the disabled list tomorrow.

Santos has been dealing with soreness in his triceps dating back to spring training. It hasn’t impacted his performance much until this point, as he has only allowed one run (a home run) in 4 1/3 innings to go along with a 6/1 K/BB ratio, but the Blue Jays are hopeful that some extended rest will get him back to 100 percent.

Lawrie has been sidelined since early March due to a left rib cage injury, but it only took two rehab games with High-A Dunedin to convince the Blue Jays that he’s ready for activation. Of course, Jose Reyes‘ ankle injury may have accelerated his timetable a little bit.

While Lawrie played second base during his rehab stint, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca earlier tonight that the plan calls for him to return as the regular third baseman. Still, he hasn’t ruled out using him once a week at second base if needed. The 23-year-old has never played second base in the majors and wasn’t considered a strong defender there in the minors.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Jays fans can certainly live with losing Santos for a bit. Lawrie is needed in the lineup ASAP so the good far outweighs the bad here.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Au contraire DJ, Lawrie showed a lot of promise as a second baseman in the minors partly due to his superb range and athleticism. He had been a catcher in high school, so it took a while to learn the nuances of playing second; however, there is little doubt that he can be an above average defender at that position. The reason the Jays moved him to third is that Kelly Johnson appeared to be their long term solution at second. Frankly, he can play any position in baseball and could probably be a decent pitcher in a blow out game.

    • Mark - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      Actually Lawrie showed less promise, as the Jays/Brewers wouldn’t have talked and moved him off 2B if he could of handled the position. There is significant doubt that he’d be an above average defender there, which is why he was moved in the first place.

      The Jays didn’t move him to 3B because of Kelly Freakin Johnson. They moved him there because they evaluated that he wasn’t capable of handling second. You don’t move a guy you think can handle the position long term, because of Kelly Johnson.

      Lawrie is an outstanding defensive 3B, but the skills required at 3B are far different than those at 2B.

      Either way I’m happy he’s back and that the Jays dropped the nonsense of having Bautista & Lawrie in the same IF. Sucks to lose Santos though.

      • mordecofe - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        Exactly Mark!

        See this profile on him – mentions his defense (not good).
        http://mopupduty.com/profiling-brett-lawrie/

        From that link, Keith Law: “and the lack of finesse in his game is part of what holds him back as an infielder. He played all over as an amateur but settled on second in part because he thought he had a faster path to the majors there. There’s still a realistic chance he’ll have to move to first or an outfield corner, limiting his projected value”

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        I disagree gentlemen. Lawrie has been very effective when playing on the other side of the diamond on shifts. I have seen Lawrie catch balls in short right field and throw out runners at second which is the opposite throw that he has to make from third base. From what I have read, the Jays do not agree with Law’s assessment about Lawrie’s ability to play second base. I would rather trust the assessment of the scouts of a professional team, rather than a one man show like Law.

      • paperlions - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Playing on the right side in a shift is NOT the same thing as playing second….that is like saying 3B that play well in the SS location in shifts would be suitable SS.

        The Jays must agree with Law’s assessment….because if they really think he could play 2B, then he would be playing 2B…..if they really think he can play 2B but they play him at 3B anyway, you are just saying the Jays are kind of stupid (and by kind of stupid, I mean really stupid)…because the 2B options are pretty atrocious right now.

  3. jason9696 - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Brett Lawrie has too strong an arm to be at second base. Just leave him at third.

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