Jun 20, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (left) and Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce (right) get tangled up at third in the fifth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Blue Jays won 14-9. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays: Is Brett Lawrie Injury Prone?

As we reported yesterday, the Toronto Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie has been placed on the disabled list. Again. This is already the sixth time in his short career that the third baseman has had a stint on the DL.

As you can imagine, this has led to concerns that Lawrie may be injury prone. Sportsnet’s Ben Ennis and Joe Siddal discussed the matter on Baseball Central:

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has ruled Lawrie out of action until September (possibly up to six weeks). This is his third trip to the DL with an oblique strain, which the 24-year old previously suffered during the 2012 season.

Aug 5, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (13) fields a ball during batting practice before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Lawrie has missed 137 games out of a possible 439 during the last three seasons – effectively three out of every 10 games. So, is the Canadian injury prone?

Some people would say yes, given his physical, 100 KPH, demented puppy dog approach to playing baseball. Look no further than the infamous incident against the New York Yankees when the BC native went diving over a railing. For a foul ball.

Others say Lawrie has just been unfortunate, using the latest setback as evidence. When asked if the Blue Jays rushed him back from the DL, they (“they” being employees of Rogers Sportsnet) say no, reasoning that the oblique strain was not related to his last injury, a fractured right index finger.*

Is Brett Lawrie injury prone?

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Overall, I personally believe it’s still a little early to make any proclamations where Lawrie’s concerned. The chances are he’s still learning to adapt his style of play and will continue to do so as he matures. (Hey, weren’t we all a bit crazy at 24?)

Of course, I appreciate that if this trend continues much longer, we may have to accept we’ll never see the 2008 16th overall draft pick fulfill his potential. And that would be a shame, both for the Blue Jays and the player himself.

* In the interest of being objective, I’d like to call shenanigans on this. When you see how Lawrie suffered his most recent injury, you could make the argument the Blue Jays did rush him back.

Think about it – Lawrie only played in three rehab games, meaning he was likely still rusty. When he suffers his latest oblique strain, it appears he’s almost forgotten how to run to first base, alluding to a lack of game practice and readiness.

Of course, I’m not saying this is the case – I just enjoy playing devil’s advocate. In any event, it appears the Blue Jays haven’t learned their lesson, with reports indicating Lawrie’s absence may expedite Adam Lind‘s return!

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