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Brett Lawrie activated from disabled list, will play second base in return

Jul 13, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

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

After missing six weeks with a sprained left ankle, Brett Lawrie was activated from the disabled list today by the Blue Jays. Derek Wetmore of reports that he will play second base in his return this afternoon against the Orioles, confirming what was hinted by Blue Jays manager John Gibbons on Thursday.

Lawrie batted .250 (8-for-32) with one home run and a 10/7 K/BB ratio over 10 minor league rehab games. The 23-year-old started at second base in each of his final three games with Triple-A Buffalo. While he has exclusively played third base in the majors, he began his professional career at second base with the Brewers.

Lawrie hasn’t played regularly at second base since back in 2010, so he’s no lock to stick at the position, but the Blue Jays are ready to see if he can form a dynamic double-play combo with shortstop Jose Reyes. Maicer Izturis figures to get most of the starts at third base while Mark DeRosa and Edwin Encarnacion could also see occasional playing time there. Jose Bautista has made two starts at third base this season, but Gibbons told John Lott of the National Post that they have no plans to move him from right field.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:25 PM

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Good to have him back. He was injured in spring training and reinjured himself sliding into second once he returned to the active roster sending him back to the DL. He has great range and can play either position. He has actually has ML experience playing on the second base side of the diamond. He usually lined up in short right field when the Jays put on a shift against left handed pull hitters.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Below average player, will not make any difference in the standings. This ship has SUNK!!

  3. hittfamily - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    When Gibbons told him he was playing second, Lawrie threw his helmet at him, then Lawries sister tweeted “the ship is sinking”, so Gibbons wanted to fight her.

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