Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie to miss opening day ... and more

The Blue Jays announced on Monday that the injured Brett Lawrie will not be ready for Opening Day....

The Blue Jays announced on Monday that the injured Brett Lawrie will not be ready for Opening Day. (Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:54 PM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - Brett Lawrie will not be ready by Opening Day.

The energetic third baseman who injured his left ribs while preparing for the World Baseball Classic simply has run out of time in his effort to get back to health in time for the Blue Jays season Opener, April 2 against the Cleveland Indians.

Manager John Gibbons made the announcement Monday morning.

Under a best-case scenario, the Jays will backdate his injury to March 22 which means Lawrie would miss the first four games and be eligible to return to the team by April 6. But bet on Lawrie being out longer than that.

In his absence the Jays can go with either Mark DeRosa or Maicer Izturis. The plan is to have Izturis, a switch-hitter, start against right-handers and DeRosa, who bats right, face the lefties.

Upon his return from the WBC, Lawrie has taken a slow, measured response to his injury.


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