Jays’ Lawrie returns, Kawasaki sent to triple-A

Brett Lawrie.

The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled Brett Lawrie from triple-A and optioned infielder Munenori Kawasaki to the Buffalo Bisons.

Lawrie has rejoined the Blue Jays in Baltimore and is in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Orioles.

The 23-year-old native of Langley, B.C., has been out of the Blue Jays’ lineup since suffering a left high ankle sprain sliding into second base in a game against the Atlanta Braves on May 27.

Lawrie, who started the season on the disabled list this year with an oblique injury, is batting .209 with five home runs and 14 RBI in only 37 games this season.

Since first being called up to the majors in 2011, the young Canadian has played third base, yet there is speculation that he could switch over to second for the Blue Jays as the team recently experimented with him at that position in Buffalo.

Kawasaki, a fan and team favourite, has hit .213 (38-178) with four doubles, four triples, a home run and 20 RBI in 70 games for the Blue Jays this season.

The 32-year-old native of Japan was optioned to the Bisons on June 26 and played one game before being recalled two days later.


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