The first place Toronto Blue Jays have been on a recent skid, having dropped seven of their last ten contests, and in today’s ballgame they suffered yet another blow.
Brett Lawrie was hit by a Johnny Cueto pitch in the second inning of today’s game against the Reds, and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the second baseman suffered a fracture in his right index finger because of it:
Bautista had tightness in left leg. Will have MRI. Lawrie had an X-ray and fractured index finger. #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) June 22, 2014
The severity of the fracture isn’t yet certain, but Lawrie will presumably be sidelined through at least the All-Star break, given that we are just three weeks removed from it.
This is a huge blow to the Blue Jays starting lineup because the team already had a question mark surrounding whether or not they would make an upgrade at second base or third base via trade. Now the Blue Jays have uncertainties at both positions for the time being.
Brett Lawrie was replaced in the lineup by Steve Tolleson, who is a career .232/.290/.381 hitter at the Major League level.
Lawrie, 24, is batting .244/.299/.419 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 69 games so far this season for the Blue Jays, who opened play Sunday in Cincinnati with a 1 1/2 game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East.