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Brett Lawrie's timetable to reach the bigs has been pushed back again.  After initial reports that he suffered only a bruise when he was hit in the hand by a pitch from Tucson's Anthony Bass last week, The National Post reports the pride of Langley, B.C. is expected to miss at least two to three weeks with a broken bone in his hand.  Hat tip to Bauxite dan gordon for the heads up.



Brett Lawrie was hitting .354/.415/.677 with Triple-A Las Vegas at the time of his injury to go along with 15 home runs, 49 runs batted in and 11 stolen bases.

Update @ 8:40pm
- Sportsnet.ca has video of Jays skipper John Farrell talking about Lawrie's injury.


The Toronto Star got this reaction from Farrell.
This is unfortunate, considering how close he was ó or is. I should say is, and yet this is a setback.
NBC's HardballTalk, via a tweet from Sportsnet's Shi Davidi, breaks down Lawrie's injury.
X-rays originally found no break in the area in which Lawrie was hit by a pitch last week while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, but additional tests performed after the swelling went down discovered the fracture.
As Davidi tweeted, Lawrie will not need a cast for his hand as it is a non-displaced fracture.  At best, Lawrie could be back in action around the All-Star Break if everything goes according to Hoyle.
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BlueJayWay - Wednesday, June 08 2011 @ 08:22 PM EDT (#236398) #
Hah.  Not surprised.  What's that saying?  Without bad luck, there'd be no luck at all.
Shane - Wednesday, June 08 2011 @ 08:45 PM EDT (#236400) #
Overbay's break was more severe? required a much longer DL stint? So sucky.  
BlueJayWay - Wednesday, June 08 2011 @ 08:53 PM EDT (#236401) #
Overbay was out a good couple of months IIRC.  And he had a cast.
cybercavalier - Wednesday, June 08 2011 @ 11:16 PM EDT (#236409) #
Felt sorry for Lawrie. But the Jays coaches could take this window of opportunity to try out as much chance as possible on McCoy, Nix and EE on third base. For tonight lineup, would it make sense to lineup Hill, Nix, and Davis as 7,8,9 hitter ? At least the speedsters in Davis and McCoy would be linked up and I am leaning to say not much difference of protection Hill would get out of Nix or Davis.
TamRa - Wednesday, June 08 2011 @ 11:23 PM EDT (#236410) #
So that basically takes you to the end of the month so with a rehab stint it's a lock he won't be up before the break, and there's a solid chance they will wait until the trade deadline passes just to have complete flexibility to market their veterans.

on another note - Justin Jackson and a couple of other players have tweeted that Chad Jenkins has been promoted to NH. No idea what the companion move(s) would be.

scottt - Wednesday, June 08 2011 @ 11:38 PM EDT (#236411) #
If Lawrie becomes the regular at third base, Encarnation or Nix would have to be moved. The return would likely be very low.
Patterson and Rivera are more marketable, but unless Snider puts it together, it might be better to keep those to the end.



92-93 - Thursday, June 09 2011 @ 12:27 AM EDT (#236414) #
If La Russa was managing the Jays he'd probably have Juan Rivera taking groundballs at 3B. This is a pretty golden opportunity for Nix to prove his MLB worth so we'll see if he takes advantage of the more regular playing time. It doesn't help his case when he gets picked off a base two straight games.

Bautista's SLG has fallen off the (his) map the last 10 games but that OBP has stayed steady at .500. It's huge having Lind's imposing bat behind him.
Kelekin - Thursday, June 09 2011 @ 02:54 AM EDT (#236418) #
Especially when Lind is actually being imposing!

This seems like one of those situations where they'd be smarter to put Bautista at 3B for now and bringing Thames back up.  But that's just me wanting to field the best possible team.

brent - Thursday, June 09 2011 @ 08:02 AM EDT (#236420) #

Somebody really didn't like the Jays' draft:

Toronto Blue Jays (Tyler Beede (21), Jacob Anderson (35), Joe Musgrove (46), Dwight Smith (53), Kevin Comer (57)):

With their first five picks in the books, The Blue Jays look like one of (or the) this draftís biggest disappointments. Outside of Dwight Smith at 53 (who isnít a great fit for the club anyway), their picks were all stretches. Making matters worse, the Blue Jays donít seem to be simply passing on a stocked draft class in order to save money. Tyler Beede  and Jacob Anderson have commitments to Vanderbilt and Pepperdine and both will be difficult signs with expensive price tags. Despite their unexciting profiles, Musgrove, Smith and Comer all have plenty of negotiating leverage as well, and each will demand big money.

While Beede is a solid high school righty out of Massachusetts with good command and a nice delivery, he doesnít offer the upside that Meyer, Stephensen, Purke, Ross, Owens and a handful of other pitchers available at the time do. Even if the Blue Jays do drop the signing bonus to lure him away fro his commitment to Vanderbiltís lauded program, it would be a stretch to call this pick a good one.

Musgrove and Comer could be future bullpen guys or backend starters but probably nothing more, while Dwight Smith is a bat-only prospect. Anderson has plenty of upside, but he wasnít even the best first baseman left on the board.

greenfrog - Thursday, June 09 2011 @ 08:50 AM EDT (#236421) #
Weird that that commentator didn't mention Norris (a first round talent that fell to the second round), if he or she is so concerned about reaches. If you look at things that way, in the first two rounds, the Jays drafted Norris, Beede, Anderson, Musgrove, Smith Jr., Comer, and Gabryszwski. On paper at least, that looks like a very promising draft. Some teams had only one or two picks in the first two rounds.
rfan8 - Thursday, June 09 2011 @ 09:12 AM EDT (#236423) #

Brent,

That same article was posted in the draft thread.  It's from Baseball Hound, which I assume is a new blog.  Doesn't seem to be very well known.  In contrast there is an article by Mayo over at mlb.com that has the Jays second behind Arizona (although it looks like the evaluation is based on talent drafted and does not consider signability to a great extent).  Anyway, does anyone really know?  We won't really have an answer until we know who's signed and then we have to see if they develop which will take years considering they are almost all straight from high school.

Brent S - Thursday, June 09 2011 @ 10:04 AM EDT (#236425) #
I agree with rfan8. You don't even have to look back far in recent history to find selections that were mid-to-late first rounders that became top 5 MLB prospects within their first two years -- Heyward and Trout. Labelling most of the picks as "stretches" seems premature to me.
Anders - Thursday, June 09 2011 @ 10:38 AM EDT (#236428) #
Just a programming note: If you are going to post comments from other people, it is appropriate to name the source and (hopefully) provide a link if possible/appropriate. This is helpful for two reasons. 1) It properly accredits people for their writing, and 2) it let's us know who/where the information is coming from. There is a difference between a Rob Neyer, Keith Law, or Peter Gammons, and a fan blog, team source, etc. and while one isn't necessarily better, they are different and it's important to be able to consider this.

Thanks!

Kasi - Thursday, June 09 2011 @ 10:41 AM EDT (#236430) #
While it sucks that Lawrie is out til the all star break, as long as it doesn't kill his season it is not the end of the world. The Jays as of today are the number 1 offense in the AL, and about 3-4 runs total out of being the number 1 offense in all of baseball.
Alex Obal - Thursday, June 09 2011 @ 01:30 PM EDT (#236443) #
While Beede is a solid high school righty out of Massachusetts with good command and a nice delivery, he doesnít offer the upside

This just sounds insane to me. He's 18, he throws in the 90s, and he's got good command already? This is not enough?
dawgatc - Friday, June 10 2011 @ 05:34 AM EDT (#236468) #
it is insane to say beebe has very little upside - the thing is these people just don't know - look at the best pitchers in the league and try to recall what people said about them before they were successful - nobody even thought ricky romero would make the bigs - john lester was thought of as a number 3 or 4 starter - greg maddux ditto - fans here say deck maguire has little to offer - they obviously haven't seen him live - there is more at work here than a radar gun but fans have no way of knowing anymore than what they read - trust the blue jay scouts - this is what they do for a living - they have seen him lots of times and know what to look for - little upside ? - phooey!!!!
bpoz - Friday, June 10 2011 @ 10:25 AM EDT (#236474) #
Right on dawgatc !!! Tim Collins has fooled everyone !!!
Alex Obal - Friday, June 10 2011 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#236483) #
And Cy Marcum is a force of nature, and Jaime Garcia, and so on... I just am awestruck by how completely wrong I think that statement is on virtually every level. One, their definition of 'upside' is ridiculously demanding. Two, they are clearly overrating 'upside.' Three, their definition of 'upside' seems to require that the pitcher already have the Tools at his disposal; the Tools cannot be taught even if you are an 18-year-old entering a big-league organization. Four (most important in my eyes) they assert that Beede, to some degree, already has the elusive and crucial skill that so many of the 'upside' guys never develop, causing them to flame out. It's mind-boggling.
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