ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was not in the lineup for the fourth straight game on Wednesday, and may not play Thursday afternoon.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell says Lawrie injured his rib when he flipped over the railing into the photographer's well at Yankee Stadium last month. Lawrie said that's not the reason he isn't playing.
Farrell was asked if the hard-charging Lawrie would ever have the chance to play 155 games in a season. "He'll learn surroundings of ball parks, he runs hard through first base and shuts down within two strides. That's a tremendous amount of jarring," Farrell said. "We've talked about taking longer to slow down."
Farrell said Dustin Pedroia plays the same way, "Dustin plays hurt, plays 100%, goes all out all the time. No one ever tried to dial him down."
Lawrie said doctors have told him it is his 12th rib which is causing him the problems and he has injured his quads before playing soccer.
"This is a freak year, look at the injuries, it's unprecedented, but for me, I'm not going to stop playing the game," Lawrie said. "You play scared of getting hurt, that's when things go wrong. I'll play like I always have."
Farrell said that Adeiny Hechavarria will see time at second, third, short and DH once Lawrie returns.
On July 3, former No. 1 pick Chad Jenkins had allowed 91 hits in 77 innings at double-A New Hampshire. He was 4-7 with a 4.91 ERA in 14 starts, walking 23 and striking out 33. Since then he allowed 54 hits in 37 1/3 innings going 1-2 in six starts, walking eight and fanning 24 with 5.06 ERA.
In his major-league debut on Tuesday, Jenkins pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits.
"I've seen a lot of guys who pitch with the pressure all through the minors of being a No. 1 pick trying to live up to the expectations and then once they reach the majors they relax," Farrell said. "Any time you move and start off with zeroes it's a fresh start. And I speak from experience of being 6-12 at triple-A, getting promoted and being 0-0, with a 0.00 ERA."
First baseman Mike McDade has hit .290 with a double, a homer and seven RBIs in his first eight games with Las Vegas after being promoted from double-A New Hampshire. Luke Hughes, acquired from the Oakland Athletics, hit .333 with two doubles and a solo homer in his first four games with Las Vegas. Former Los Angeles Angels farmhand Sean O'Sullivan is 7-1 in nine starts with a 2.16 ERA. He has walked 14 and struck out 28 in 58 1/3 innings ... Dunedin lefty Sean Nolin has returned from injury. Working in relief, he retired the first six batters he faced and finished the game with three strikeouts, gaining the win against Daytona to move to 9-0 ... Closer Ajay Meyer saved his 30th game for Lansing, breaking the previous save record.
Jose Bautista will stage a 41/2-hour baseball camp in Woodbridge Aug. 13 beginning at 9 a.m.. Visit josebautistacamp.com for more information.