Brett Lawrie injury: Blue Jays 3B activated; Munenori Kawasaki sent to minors

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Lawrie missed two months due to a sprained ankle, but his activation comes at the cost of a fan favorite.

The Toronto Blue Jays activated third baseman Brett Lawrie from the disabled list on Saturday, according to the team's official Twitter page. Munenori Kawasaki was optioned back to the minors to create room for Lawrie on the active roster.

Lawrie has been on the disabled list since the end of May with a sprained right ankle. He has been on a minor league rehab assignment since June 26. Lawrie has played in just 37 games in 2013 due to both the sprained ankle and a ribcage injury which put him on the DL at the beginning of the season. When he has played, he has not impressed with a .209/.268/.374 line and five home runs in his third MLB season.

Kawasaki has been with the Blue Jays nearly the entire season and filled in as the starting shortstop while Jose Reyes was out with a sprained ankle of his own. Despite producing just a .617 OPS, Kawasaki became a fan favorite due to his energy and entertaining post-game interviews.

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