Blue Jays place Brett Lawrie on DL: Griffin
The Blue Jays on Thursday placed third baseman Brett Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 5. Lawrie left the game in Oakland on August 4, after his first at-bat. He injured the right ribcage (oblique) when he fouled off a pitch on a full count before taking a called third strike from rookie Dan Straily.
Lawrie had been attempting to rehab without going to the DL, but after throwing and stretching with teammates on Wednesday, it was decided on Thursday that the righthanded hitter would be better served having the next eight days to properly recover.
"Just to make sure there's no potential for a reocurrence or a re-aggravation of the injury," manager John Farrell explained. "This way it gives him another eight days to address the situation, let the symptoms completely clear up rather than risking further injury if he were to get back into a game too soon."
There is a disagreement on when the injury occured. Farrell thinks it was in New York when Lawrie did a flip into a camera bay and injured his calf. Lawrie feels the injury happened at another, undetermined time. Lawrie is batting .282 in 100 games, with nine homers, 40 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.
A roster move, expected to the addition of a 13th pitcher, will be announced prior to the home game against the Yankees on Friday.
"Getting back on a home schedule where you've got the extra inning to pitch in a worst-case scenario," Farrell said. "The fact is our guys have thrown the ball well. Going with an additional reliever obviously limits the options available on the bench. So, that subsequent move will be made tomorrow."