Griffin: Brett Lawrie to join Jays in Baltimore
The Brett Lawrie era has officially begun with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Following Thursday's 7-6 loss at Tropicana Field, the Jays announced they have purchased the contract of Lawrie, considered one of the top prospects in the game, from AAA-Las Vegas and he will join the team at third base in time for Friday's game at Camden Yards. The 21-year-old from Langley, B.C. was hitting .353 in 69 games at Vegas, with 18 home runs, 61 RBIs and 13 steals.
The promotion of Lawrie to the majors had repercussions inside the Jays' clubhouse. Jose Bautista will return to right field immediately and Travis Snider has been optioned to Las Vegas for the second time this year. Eric Thames will play left field.
In addition, righthander Carlos Villanueva has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, replaced by lefthander Luis Perez, who has been recalled from option to Las Vegas.
The Jays will skip the fifth starter's spot on Monday and have the other four pitchers go on their normal rest. A decision will be made for a starter on Saturday, August 13 against the Angels, likely to be righthander Henderson Alvarez, currently at AA-New Hampshire.
Lawrie had been originally scheduled to make his major-league debut in Baltimore on June 3, but was hit on the left hand in his final game in Vegas and suffered a non-displaced fracture of a bone in the back of his hand. The Jays preferred that he make his debut on the road away from the media circus that would take place at the Rogers Centre.