Tough break for Lawrie

Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie's season is over after suffering a fractured middle finger...

Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie's season is over after suffering a fractured middle finger Wednesday night while fielding ground balls before the game against the Angels. (Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 AM ET

TORONTO - Third baseman Brett Lawrie season is over after suffering a fractured middle finger Wednesday night while fielding ground balls before the game against the Angels

Lawrie was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to recover well in advance of the start of spring training.

Hes had a fantastic six weeks or so since hes been here, said Jays manager John Farrell. Its unfortunate the year ends prematurely. When you look at the broken bones, its been a tough year for him in that regard. But what hes shown on the field is a very, very bright future.

Lawrie played 43 games with the Jays and, in 150 at-bats, he hit nine homers and drove in 25 runs while playing very well in the field.

Its another bump in the road Ive just got to smooth out, give it some time and come back and get em next year, said Lawrie. I hope Ive got it out of my system for a while.

Its part of life, part of the game. You have to be professional and just suck it up.

I think I could still play but theres a chance if I did, it would move out of place and then Id need surgery.

CARRENO IMPRESSES

The Jays have plenty of September performances to consider when they sit back and do their evaluations at seasons end.

The guy who continues to impress and he was up before the start of September, is (Joel) Carreno, said Farrell. Not just with the numbers but with his poise, his confidence.

Carrenos minor-league career is exclusively as a starter but Farrell likes his persona as a reliever.

Hes excelled in the role hes been in. I dont want to limit him from ever going back into that (starting) role but for the time being we wont disrupt anything thats been very positive for him.

MORE WORK FOR DRABEK

After a couple of solid outings, Kyle Drabek stumbled in his relief role against the Angels on Tuesday but Farrell still wants to get him some more work.

Hes going to get more opportunities, said the manager. Yes, the first inning (Tuesday) was not a good one for him but we also dont look past the first two appearances he made when he threw the ball very well.

On this upcoming trip, hell be back on the mound.


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