Blue Jays’ Lawrie to rehab with Lugs

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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie will join the Lansing Lugnuts’ lineup for a two-game Major League rehab assignment spanning tonight and tomorrow night at Cooley Law School Stadium.

This is the second rehab appearance for the 23-year-old Lawrie in Lansing, following a start in Game 2 of the 2012 MWL postseason vs. Fort Wayne. In that appearance, he went 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk, as the Lugnuts fell, 9-6, to the TinCaps.

Lawrie is the eighth Major Leaguer to rehab with the Lugs, joining Kevin Appier (1998), Jeremi Gonzalez (2000), Ryan Dempster (2004), Andy Pratt (2004), Mark Prior (2004), Anthony Sanders (2005), and Jesse Litsch (2011).

The native of Langley, British Columbia, was drafted 16th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008 and originally toured through the Midwest League as a Wisconsin Timber Rattler in 2009.

Lawrie was batting .209 with five home runs in 37 games before spraining his left ankle on May 27th against Atlanta.