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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Blue Jays Injury Update: Brett Lawrie, Cole Gillespie

By on 7/31/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays improved to 59-50 on the season following a 6-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. At just two and a half games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East, the Blue Jays are good position over the final two months to make a push at the division title. One thing that will help is the return of Brett Lawrie and Cole Gillespie, who are both progressing from injuries and should be back with the Blue Jays soon.

Our own Raymond Bureau reported on July 20 that Lawrie,  who went on the disabled list on June 23 with a fractured index finger, started taking ground balls and was about ready to start swinging the bat.

An update on Lawrie, as reported by Steven Petrella of, is that he's feeling better and manager John Gibbons is optimistic that Lawrie will begin playing rehab games this weekend.
"Lawrie felt really good. He could maybe start rehabbing this week, or something. Maybe … he's starting to feel pretty good. The other two, the trainers haven't said anything on that."
Lawrie feels that he could be ready to see game action this weekend. Lawrie, in his fourth Major League season, is batting .244 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI this season.  He's set a career high in home runs and is 11 RBI away from a career high in RBI. In 344 career games, Lawrie has a batting average of .264 with 43 home runs and 157 RBI.

As for Gillespie, he began a rehab assignment last night for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. He was the designated hitter and batted first, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a caught stealing.

Gillespie has played for the Diamondbacks, Cubs, Giants, Mariners and Blue Jays over parts of four Major League seasons. He is 0-for-3 in one game with the Blue Jays after batting .254 with a home run and five RBI in 71 at bats with the Mariners this season. He's a career .230 hitter with four home runs and 25 RBI.

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