Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie plays it safe, withdraws from WBC

Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie pulled out of the World Baseball Championship on Thursday. (Reuters)

Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie pulled out of the World Baseball Championship on Thursday. (Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:21 PM ET

As a general manager who has absorbed more than his share of bad injury news during his tenure, the bulletin from Arizona bearing ominous tidings about Brett Lawrie’s latest medical setback turned out about as good as it could be.

Lawrie felt something in his rib cage during Wednesday’s pre-WBC game between Canada and the Cincinnati Reds and had the good sense to pull himself out of the game. Thursday, he withdrew from the tournament altogether.

“These are not things that you can mess around with,” Lawrie told reporters in Phoenix, where Canada will play its first game Friday against Italy.


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