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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Blue Jays Injury Update: Brett Lawrie, Brett Cecil

By on 6/19/2014 08:15:00 AM

Wednesday was not a good day for the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only did they fall to the New York Yankees by the score of 7-3, they also saw two players go down with injury: Brett Lawrie and Brett Cecil.'s Gregor Chisholm reports that Lawrie exited in the fifth inning after being hit on the hand by a changeup from Yankees starter Chase Whitley. Despite the early exit and the pain Lawrie appeared to be in, he told Chisholm that he was expecting to be able to play on Thursday.

"It's not too bad, it's just a little sore, obviously, swelling in there, but for the most part, it's all right," Lawrie said. "I feel I should be able to go when I get up [Thursday]. We'll see how it feels once I grab a bat and stuff."

Cecil's outlook is less positive. The reliever had already been carrying a groin injury but had thought he was good to go after a few days of rest. According to Chisholm, the left-hander entered Wednesday's game in the seventh with the bases loaded and one out, Toronto trailing by 3-2. He walked in Brett Gardner before getting Carlos Beltran to foul out, but then surrended a bases-clearing triple to Brian McCann that effectively ended the Jays' chances. As quoted by Chisholm, Cecil was very clear about his situation after the game:
"I'm going on the DL," Cecil said following the 7-3 loss. "I just checked with them to make sure we're all on the same page, and I will be going on the DL."
Chisholm identified the recently-optioned Steve Delabar as a potential bullpen replacement, or Rob Rasmussen if a lefty is needed. Cecil now has a painfully bad WHIP of 1.71 in 26 1/3 innings this season and this injury clearly isn't helping him to lower that number.

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