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Brett Lawrie diagnosed with fractured right index finger

Jun 22, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

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Some bad news here for the first-place Blue Jays.

MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that second baseman Brett Lawrie suffered a fracture in his right index finger Sunday when he was hit in the second inning by a Johnny Cueto pitch. The severity of the fracture isn’t yet certain, but Lawrie will presumably be sidelined through at least the All-Star break.

Lawrie is batting .244/.299/.419 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 69 games this season for Toronto, who opened play Sunday in Cincinnati with a 1 1/2 game lead over the Yankees in the American League East standings.

Steve Tolleson, a .232/.290/.381 career hitter in the majors, replaced Lawrie in Sunday’s lineup.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    A trip to the DL is almost certain. Of greater concern is Jose Bautista who had to leave the game with a hamstring problem. The way he gingerly went down the dugout steps was cause to worry. Bautista will get a MRI in Toronto tomorrow.

  2. mikhelb - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    In the same spot he was hit by a pitch in the series versus the Yankees a few days ago. Hope he gets back quickly.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      Actually, it was the other hand last time.

  3. carpi2 - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Is it just me, or does Johnny Cueto hit an abnormally high amount of batters?

    • metalhead65 - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      it’s you. both he and the guy he hit on the brewers both swung at the pitches that hit them. if he was throwing at guys they would not be swinging at the pitches, plus he was ahead in the count. pitchers throw inside and sometime the ball gets away and it hits them but he was not throwing at them.

      • carpi2 - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Yeah, I just checked out the stats, he’s 4th in hit batters, with 6. Charlie Morton leads with 14! I guess it was just perception, since I know I heard of another injury stemming from a Cueto pitch.

      • mazblast - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        Cards fans remember Cueto more for the kick to the head that ended ex-Red Jason LaRue’s career.

        I’m not a Reds fan, although I live in Cincinnati, and I think Cueto does hit a slightly above average number of guys, mostly because he pitches more in the “old school” way than most. He doesn’t concede the inner third of the plate. He does have a temper, but I don’t think he throws at players intentionally.

      • carpi2 - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        Mazblaz, I think you’re right. Breaking batters’ hands with pitches are more an indicator of a pitcher, who aggressively pitches inside, verses a pitcher who’s intentionally attempting to hit players. Most pitchers aim for the ribs of thigh areas when intentionally hitting batters. A few jerk-offs sometimes go for the head.

  4. garybrian2014 - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    We’ll just go down to the farm and……….oh yeah there’s nothing there. A.A. Nice job of drafting a ton of pitchers. Did anyone tell you that there are other positions on a baseball team!

    • mazblast - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      AA is the anti-Bowden. When “Bodes” was the Reds’ GM, it was all-outfielders, all the time. Any pitcher who showed anything was traded–for outfielders. Not that it was just him; the Reds went over 20 years without producing a decent starting pitcher, from Tom Browning in the late 80s to Cueto.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      I see 2 separate HBT accounts here for the same person. Just how many HBT accounts do you have in total?

  5. garybrian - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Just go down to the farm and bring up………oh yeah, nothing down on the farm. Can’t use that stiff Francisco on a regular basis. Hey Alex why not go ought and draft another pitcher!

  6. jm91rs - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Just like he did against the brewers, I think it should be mentioned that the guy with the broken hand was swinging at a pitch when it hit him. The story reads too much like cueto is nailing people when guys are actually swinging their hands into the inside pitches (they must have some filthy movement on them).

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