Brett Lawrie at the ripe old age of 23 has established himself as integral cog in the big machine called the Toronto Blue Jays. The Canadian holds down the left side of the infield and provides a consistent offensive attack with a blend of speed and power.
The issue may be the tempo in which Lawrie plays the game and the inability to stay healthy because of the never-give-up attitude he pursues. The third baseman missed more than a month of last season due to a nagging oblique injury he attempted to play through.
In a exhibition tune-up with Team Canada, Lawrie again aggravated his rib cage has been sidelined since missing the entire World Baseball Classic. Lawrie has been placed on the disabled list to begin the season retroactive to when the injury occurred thankfully allowing the canuck the ability to come off on April 6.
When Lawrie is not in the lineup, the drop off in production looms large — case in point Maicer Izturis and Mark DeRosa. Both players are good defensive character guys, but do not hold the same offensive punch that Lawrie does.
If the Jays are going to be successful and be the beast in the east, they will need Lawrie not only to be healthy, but to have a breakout season.
Regardless of who mans the hot corner in his absence, you can’t replace his enthusiasm and what Lawrie brings to the field day in and day out.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.