As we look forward to the 2013 season let’s look at back up options the Blue Jays have at 3rd base if Lawrie’s current injury lingers onto opening day or if he gets injured again during the season.
What better way to start this depressing thought than to start with the worst case scenario? Mark Derosa could start games at 3rd base. Derosa’s 38 years old and hasn’t even played full time since 2009. Any defensive or offensive contribution he made would just be a welcomed surprise.
Bonifacio would seem like a long shot at 3rd base. Bonifacio has had very limited playing time in the infield the last few years. That’s obvious if you’ve been following the Blue Jays spring training because it seems like he makes errors every time he plays. And that’s with him getting daily reps at 2nd base. If he’s been struggling playing 2nd base with practice it’s probably not that good an idea to play him at 3rd where he’ll get a lot less practice.
Izturis has mostly played at 2nd base in his career but he can play 3rd. With his infield experience he would definitely make the adjustment to 3rd base a lot quicker and easier than Bonifacio.
The Blue Jays also have the option of resurrecting E5 by putting Edwin Encarnacion at 3rd base. Unlike Bonifacio, Edwin can get to balls he just can’t throw them accurately. If you believe Edwin’s defensive struggles affect him at the plate then that option really becomes unappealing.
All of this is really just a long way of saying please Brett Lawrie for the love of all that is holy get healthy and stay healthy!