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Brett Lawrie is still a couple of weeks away from a rehab assignment

Jun 24, 2013, 8:51 PM EST

Blue Jays Lawrie injures himself sliding into second base on a steal against the Braves during their MLB baseball game in Toronto Reuters

Brett Lawrie has been sidelined for nearly a month with a left ankle sprain and his return doesn’t exactly sound imminent.

According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said today that Lawrie is likely a couple of weeks away from going out on a minor league rehab assignment. The 23-year-old third baseman has resumed some baseball activities in recent days, but the Blue Jays want to make sure he’s 100 percent before testing him in game action. Assuming the timetable sticks, he figures to be activated around the All-Star break.

Lawrie, who also missed part of April with a rib cage injury, is hitting just .209 with five homers and a .642 OPS in 37 games this season. He represents a potential upgrade when healthy, but the red-hot Blue Jays haven’t missed him much recently.

  1. nbjays - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Yep, not much point in rushing him. Not like there’s a hole at third and a desperate need to fill it. Let him take his time; the team will still be there when he’s ready to come back.

  2. slclions - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Lawrie has the potential to be an improvement. however, I’m not the only one not missing him right now. Before the injury he was not hitting and let’s be honest his defence was not that great. seemed like he was trying to compensate for hia poor hitting by rushing things on d.

    I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of him but if he can play to his potential I know the Jays will be a better team. just not sure he can reach his potential.

  3. bigmeechy74 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I really am pulling for the Blue Jays to come back and win the division. Unfortunately it doesn’t matter when this guy comes back. Because he isn’t good.

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