Blue Jays Add Brett Lawrie to Growing DL


May 23, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (13) bunts for a single against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY SportsIn what seems like a formality, the Toronto Blue Jays have placed third baseman Brett Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list due to the ankle injury suffered in Monday’s game against Atlanta.

Sportsnet’s Barry Davis was the first to relay the news via Twitter.

Lawrie injured the ankle on an awkward slide on Monday, where he appeared to roll over the ankle while stealing second base in the 6th inning. He stayed in the game for one batter, but was lifted for pinch runner Mark DeRosa after hobbling into third base.

The injury was oddly reminiscent of the one that has cost the Blue Jays the services of shortstop Jose Reyes for the better part of the season. Reyes was forced into a walking boot for weeks and has only now resumed running activities after injuring the ankle on April 12th. Lawrie’s ankle doesn’t seem to be in the same shape as Reyes’ was, but the Blue Jays will take caution at this stage.

On Tuesday, manager John Gibbons held Lawrie out of the line-up and indicated that a DL stint was being discussed. With the Blue Jays hitting the road, it appears that the choice has been made, rather than continually shorten the team’s bench.

The only mystery at this stage is who the Blue Jays will recall to replace Lawrie on the roster. However, as indicated by Mike Wilner via Twitter, Andy LaRoche appears to be the likely candidate to get the call.

The 29-year-old LaRoche has spent the entire season at Triple-A Buffalo, where he has hit .295 with 6 home runs, 29 RBI, and a .855 OPS in 41 games for the Bisons.

The Blue Jays have yet to make any of these moves official yet, so more will come as things fall into place.