Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blue Jays' Lawrie Sprains Ankle

Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie left yesterday's game against the Atlanta Braves after spraining his left
ankle sliding into second on a stolen base.
The 23 year old's leg got twisted underneath him as he slid safely into second during the sixth inning. Lawrie got up and was hobbling and jumping around in pain and asked for time. Toronto trainer George Poulis went on the field to check on Lawrie, who stayed in the game.
As Lawrie advanced to third on Emilio Bonifacio's grounder, he was still limping, and third base coach Luis Rivera signaled to the dugout for a pinch runner.
Mark DeRosa replaced Lawrie and replaced him at third base. The team has Lawrie listed as day to day.
During the game, Lawrie went 2 for 3, raising his batting average to .209, with five home runs and 14 RBIs.
This injury came just a day after Lawrie blew up at fellow teammate Adam Lind and coach Rivera after Lind failed to score on what Lawrie believed should have been a sacrifice fly and an RBI. When Lawrie returned to the dugout, manager John Gibbons and Jose Bautista greeted him. Words were exchanged and cameras caught it all. Oops.
Bautista later said, "Obviously everybody noticed (his reaction) was out of place, so that's why both of us said something to him. It was addressed. I don't think it's a problem going forward. He understood it, he just got confused. That was what I got from my conversation with him. He got confused. That's my take on the whole situation."
Every one later said that they've moved on, but the only one not addressing the situation to the press was Lawrie, who said, "I'm not talking about that." He has reportedly apologized to his teammates. The public will forgive him this time, but who's to say they will next time?
Perhaps he should have stayed out of the game yesterday.
Reference: Time Union and The Spec.Com
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