Lawrie shuffle risky business for Jays GM

Blue Jays fixtures Brett Lawrie (right) and Jose Bautista could be looking at new positions when...

Blue Jays fixtures Brett Lawrie (right) and Jose Bautista could be looking at new positions when the former returns from a Florida rehab stint this week. (Reuters)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:41 AM ET

TORONTO - So here is the latest: The Blue Jays will bring Brett Lawrie back on Tuesday so he can return to start at third base.

Which explains ó or does it? ó why they were playing him at second base in Dunedin.

In truth, management wanted to get a glance at Lawrie at second base, the position he played before they moved him to third, just in case, because there is a whole lot of circumstantial going on with the Jays in this confusing first two weeks of the American League season.

The Jays want to see Lawrie at second, because they donít really trust what they have at second base now.

In the back of general manager Alex Anthopoulosí mind, he can probably envision a makeshift Jays infield with Edwin Encarnacion at first, Lawrie at second, Munenori Kawsaki at shortstop and Jose Bautista at third.

Never mind that Lawrie is better at third than he is at second and Bautista prefers playing the outfield to the infield: The Jays, battered but winning now, are searching for the right combination in the early season, the mid-season, anything until Jose Reyes returns sometime in July.


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