Lawrie's return to Blue Jays short-lived

Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after being hit by a pitch from Bud Norris of the...

Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after being hit by a pitch from Bud Norris of the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning of their game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 14, 2014. (Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

Deprived of the game for six weeks while his fractured right index finger mended itself, Brett Lawrie arrived back in the Blue Jays clubhouse with a renewed appreciation for his team and the opportunity that awaits.

Unfortunately for Lawrie, his return to the lineup lasted through just one at-bat.

After he singled down the right-field line in the second, Lawrie was removed from the game “as a precaution” with lower back tightness. As he rounded the bag at first on that hit, he appeared to stumble and may have tweaked his back on the play.

“It just felt like it was never going to end,” Lawrie said before the game. “It’s been a long six weeks, but it’s good to be back with the boys and I’m excited they were able to hold things together while I’ve been out.”

In a perfect world, Lawrie probably would have waited a few more days but, with the biggest series of the season set for Rogers Centre these next couple of days, this was where he was needed.


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