Coming off a big win against the Baltimore Orioles last night, the aura surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays was positive.
Drew Hutchison had just tossed one of the best games of his young career, and they had a chance to gain even more ground on their division rival in the rubber match of the three game set with Baltimore.
Then came the news that brought the energy down a notch. Brett Lawrie was heading back to the disabled list. The oft-injued third baseman played just three innings in Tuesday’s matchup before being forced off the field due to back tightness. Everyone around the team hoped rest would be enough to get the dynamic young player back where he belongs.
That will not be the case.
The Blue Jays announced Thursday afternoon that Lawrie has been placed on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain. This is already the sixth time in his short career that he has been placed on the DL.
According to Mike Wilner, Lawrie will miss the rest of August. This is the same injury the native of Langley, BC dealt with at the outset of last season, keeping him out of action for about six weeks. Lawrie also suffered a strained oblique in the 2012 campaign, an ailment that resulted in him missing 30 games.
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi suggests Lawrie’s injury could result in Toronto expediting Adam Lind‘s return. Lind started a rehab assignment Thursday.