Aug 5, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (13) fields a ball during batting practice before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays place Brett Lawrie on 15 day DL with oblique strain

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Well, that didn’t last long.  Brett Lawrie was back for exactly one at bat on Tuesday before leaving the game with another injury.  This time it turns out that he has a strained oblique.  Lawrie just returned from a broken finger on Tuesday that had kept him out of action since June 22nd.  Hey, at least he got a hit in that one at bat!

Now he heads back to the disabled list.  The oblique injury will likely keep the oft-injured Lawrie out of action for at least another month.

This will mean more playing time at third base for Juan Francisco.  He has a .237 average with 16 homers and 42 RBI on the season.  Which is about what the Jays got from a healthy Lawrie (.247. 12HR, 38RBI)

The Blue Jays called up left handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen from AAA Buffalo in the corresponding roster move.

Toronto’s 40 man roster looks like a M*A*S*H* unit right now.  Edwin Encarnacion is still on the DL with a quad injury.  He won’t be back until later this month.  Adam Lind is still out, but is set to set to start his rehab assignment tonight in the Gulf Coast League.  Maicer Izturis is done for the year.  Cole Gillespie is also nursing an oblique injury.  Dan Johnson, who was Lind’s replacement, landed on the DL last week with a hamstring strain.

Despite all of this, the Jays have managed to stay in second place in the fierce AL East.  They are four games behind the Orioles, and a game up on the Yankees.  They also hold a half game lead for the last wild card slot over the Kansas City Royals.

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