Tough break for Lawrie
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
|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)
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.
“He’s had a fantastic six weeks or so since he’s been here,” said Jays manager John Farrell. “It’s unfortunate the year ends prematurely. When you look at the broken bones, it’s been a tough year for him in that regard. But what he’s 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.
“It’s another bump in the road I’ve just got to smooth out, give it some time and come back and get em next year,” said Lawrie. “I hope I’ve got it out of my system for a while.
“It’s part of life, part of the game. You have to be professional and just suck it up.
“I think I could still play but there’s a chance if I did, it would move out of place and then I’d need surgery.”
The Jays have plenty of September performances to consider when they sit back and do their evaluations at season’s 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.”
Carreno’s minor-league career is exclusively as a starter but Farrell likes his persona as a reliever.
“He’s excelled in the role he’s been in. I don’t want to limit him from ever going back into that (starting) role but for the time being we won’t disrupt anything that’s 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.
“He’s going to get more opportunities,” said the manager. “Yes, the first inning (Tuesday) was not a good one for him but we also don’t look past the first two appearances he made when he threw the ball very well.
“On this upcoming trip, he’ll be back on the mound.”