Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons has confirmed that third baseman Brett Lawrie will in fact begin the season on the disabled list for a strained rib cage injury. Lawrie suffered the injury diving for a ball in an exhibition game with Team Canada before the World Baseball Classic. Lawrie removed himself from the tourney in an attempt not to aggravate the injury further.
Lawrie missed over a month of action last season trying to play through an oblique injury which, in the end, cost him more time on the shelf. The 23 year old who plays with reckless abandon did not want to repeat that path and erred on the side of caution.
The Jays will back date the injury seeing Lawrie has not played in any Grapefruit League games since before the Classic in all likelihood making the disabled list appearance a short one for him. The Jays appear poised to break camp with an eight man bullpen while Lawrie recovers from the strain. The thinking with that is that it may be easier for on the bubble hurlers Brett Cecil or Jeremy Jeffress to clear waivers once the season has commenced and teams have just set their respective rosters.
The Blue Jays have an adequate replacement in veteran infielder Mark DeRosa who will man the hot corner while Lawrie recovers on the disabled list.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.