Brett Lawrie Joins The Blue Jays, Travis Snider To Las Vegas

Brett Lawrie has a broken hand and will not be joining the Toronto Blue Jays any time soon.

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Brett Lawrie Called Up, Travis Snider Sent Down

Back in June, the buzz was that the Toronto Blue Jays were going to call their top hitting prospect, Brett Lawrie, up to play third base. The Blue Jays were getting absolutely nothing from their third basemen early in the season, and after the Jays made sure that Lawrie wasn't going to accrue enough service time to enter free agency a year too early found his stroke in the minors, he was going to get the job.

But an errant fastball broke Lawrie's hand in the minors before he could get called up. Now it's healed, he's had a few at-bats to recuperate, and the long-awaited call-up is finally here. From The FAN 590:

The Jays have placed Carlos Villanueva on the 15-day disabled list, demoted OF Travis Snider, called up 3B Brett Lawrie and LHP Luis Perez.

Lawrie's arrival will push Jose Bautista back to the outfield, with Eric Thames moving from right field to left. For Snider, it's more disappointment, as his plate discipline hasn't improved in the four seasons he's been in the majors. Since his recall on July 4th, he has hit .274 (ok) with a .442 slugging percentage (sounds good) and a K/BB ratio of 32/1 in 95 at-bats (HOLY CRAP). He's still just 24, but he needs to fix something, and the Jays would prefer that he does it in Las Vegas.

Villanueva had a quick start as a reliever this year, with a 1.48 ERA in 24-1/3 innings, and he was doing okay as a starter until his last start on August 3rd, when he allowed eight runs to the Rays in 2-2/3 innings. He was placed on the DL with a right forearm strain.

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Brett Lawrie Injury: Hand Fracture Delays Debut

The Toronto Blue Jays have been getting no production out of their third basemen this year -- five different players have combined for a .188/.247/.304 line. If there was a silver lining for the organization, then, it was that they had Brett Lawrie, a third-base prospect who was absolutely punishing pitchers in the Pacific Coast League:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev G PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2011 21 Las Vegas PCL AAA 52 251 223 79 19 4 15 49 11 1 18 40 .354 .415 .677
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/8/2011.

 

But the silver lining turned out to be lead, and now everyone's feeling a little nauseous. From Gregor Chisolm of MLB.com:

CAT scan reveals non-displaced fracture in Brett Lawrie's hand. He is out at least the next 2-3 weeks.

Lawrie was expected to join the Blue Jays soon, but he was hit by a pitch in a Triple-A game, and the diagnosis on Wednesday confirms what the Jays feared. Lawrie might have been up sooner, but Toronto was screwing with his service time to save money making sure their prized prospect was ready for the big leagues.

The Blue Jays will continue to playy Jayson Nix at third until Lawrie is readyy.

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