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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blue Jays Injury Update: Brett Lawrie exits with back tightness

By on 8/06/2014 03:00:00 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday by the score of 9-3. The loss dropped the Blue Jays to 60-54, five games behind the Orioles in the American League East. Third in the league in runs scored, the Blue Jays had 12 hits, but left 10 men on base in the loss. Brett Lawrie returned from the disabled list and started the game. But his appearance was short lived, as he was forced to leave the game with back tightness.

I reported yesterday that Lawrie, who hadn't played since he fractured his index finger against the Reds on June 22, was activated from the disabled list. But he didn't last very long in his first game back.

As reported by Gregor Chisholm of, Lawrie's return to the lineup lasted just three innings before he was removed from the game due to tightness in his lower back. It was unclear how Lawrie hurt his back, but most likely occurred when rounding first on a single in the second inning. Lawrie thought about going for a double, but came back awkwardly into first base. 

It's uncertain how much time Lawrie will miss and the Blue Jays said the decision to remove Lawrie from the game was as a precaution. Lawrie initially was expected to need at least a week of rehab games, but came back after going 4-for-10 in three rehab games.

Lawrie, in his fourth Major League season, is batting .247 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.

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