Lawrie back on track

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 PM ET

ARLINGTON, TEX. - Brett Lawrie has stepped back into the Las Vegas 51s lineup after almost a two-month layoff and picked up right where he left off.

In his first two games, he went 0-for-7 but in his last three, heading into Saturdays game, he was 8-for-15 with three extra-base hits, including his 16th home run of the season.

Theres been some hard contact, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. Hes doing a good job defensively as well. As we look at situations where a guy is missing from the lineup for a stretch of games, when theyre able to step back in and maintain the approach they had prior to the injury, those are all encouraging signs.

It hasnt given us a projected date (for a callup) but its good to see him back on the field doing what hes doing.

SLIM CONSOLATION

J.P. Arencibia belted a pair of homers on Friday ... but dismissed them as irrelevant when his primary responsibility is to guide his pitchers through the game and the opposition scores a dozen runs.

You like to hear that from a catcher because his first and foremost responsibility is getting the most out of his pitchers, Farrell said. He takes ownership in the final outcome. When runs are put up on the board, catchers take that personally. At the same time, when you can get that kind of offensive contribution from the guy behind the plate, its a plus.

JOEY BATS, PERIOD

As planned, Jose Bautista was in the lineup as DH Saturday, simply to ease him back into regular duty in the field. He played third base Friday and likely will play at third again Sunday.

By Tuesday, when the Blue Jays play host to Baltimore, its expected Bautista will be back in the field to stay.

The one thing we have to consider is that anytime a guy sprains his ankle there is an endurance factor that needs to be built up, Farrell said. Thats what went into our thinking this weekend but we dont lose that big bat in the middle of our lineup.


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