Brett Lawrie Hit By Pitch Three Times In Two Days; Headed To AAA

By Thom Tsang

The story of Blue Jays top prospect Brett Lawrie’s recovery from a broken wrist took a certain turn into the realm of absurdity over the weekend, when the 3rd baseman was hit by pitches three times over a span of two games with the A+ Dunedin Blue Jays this weekend. Despite it all, he is still scheduled to join AAA Las Vegas this week to continue his rehab assignment.

Lawrie was rehabbing from an injuiry he suffered at the end of May as a result of a hit by pitch, on what was the cusp of a major league call-up; so obviously him being hit several more times  would be a cause for concern. The 21-year old was plunked twice on Saturday, and once more on Sunday; while he stayed to play the rest of the game Saturday, Lawrie was lifted just before his 2nd at bat on Sunday, after playing defense for a couple of additional innings from the HBP.

But thanks to the technology of a new protective hard shield on his batting glove, Lawrie remains unscatched, and will be headed to Colorado today – where pitchers presumably have better control – to join the Las Vegas 51s for a unspecified amount of time in order to get back to form. Lawrie has just a single over 4 rehab games in A+ right now, though of course, two of those were cut short by the plunkings.

Luckily (and hopefully it remains that way), the latest attempts by opposing minor league pitcher to keep the Jays prospect from ascending to the majors shouldn’t affect Lawrie’s timetable to the big leagues at all. There have been rumblings about the team moving him up potentially in August before rosters expand, but it is still likely to me that Lawrie won’t come up until September. This being said, a trade before the deadline or two could totally change all of that up, so it’s mostly speculation for now. Besides, Lawrie will likely need some time to find his .354/.415 form in Las Vegas – and work on things like not getting hit by pitches so damned often first.

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