ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie joined fellow position players Jose Bautista, Adam Lind, and J.P. Arencibia on the disabled list Thursday.
The move is retroactive to Aug. 4, the day after Lawrie couldn't take the field in the bottom of the first inning in Oakland. The Jays will fill his spot on the roster, likely with a pitcher, on Friday.
"If he takes another aggressive swing and has to come out of the game, we're looking at a prolonged shutdown," manager John Farrell told reporters. "He's had a week of treatment and improvement. Additional time is needed."
Bautista said Thursday that his most-recent MRI test showed a slight improvement in his wrist injury.
He said the original diagnosis was he would miss four weeks.
"I was fine after two weeks and pushed too hard," Bautista said. "Now, I'm about where I should be.
"The doctor told me Sam Fuld (of the Tampa Bay Rays) had the same injury. That was the amount of time he missed."
Bautista says he won't have to start all over with dry swings and expects to hit off a tee on Monday.
"I need to be healthy so when I come back I can have my natural swing, not be swinging at 80%," Bautista said. "At the same time, I can't hurt it worse than what I did when I got injured."
Right-hander Brandon Morrow made a rehab start at double-A New Hampshire Wednesday, pitching five innings, allowing two runs on homers by Niuman Romero and Jordan Lennerton of Langley, B.C., in an 8-3 win over Erie.
The Jays wanted Morrow to throw 65 pitches, 85 in his next outing on Tuesday and then be promoted.
However, on Thursday, Morrow was lifted after 51 pitches. "That decision was made locally," said Farrell referring to manager Sal Fasano's move.
Now, the likely target on Tuesday is 65 pitches.
"Is 65 enough? It's enough," said Farrell. "Is it ideal? No, it's not. He had no ill-effects to the oblique and had consistent velocity (upper 90s)."
Ken Carson, a Day 1 employee, former trainer and head of the Jays' Florida operations, will wed Lillian Simmons on Saturday afternoon at the Rogers Centre. Carson has invited 44,000 of his best friends to the reception which follows, a game between the Yankees and the Blue Jays.