Brandon Belt, Brett Lawrie get good news on their wrists

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Top prospects for two teams — the Giants’ Brandon Belt and the Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie — each had scares yesterday as they were each hit by pitches on the left wrist.  Each of them also received good news: in both cases no bones were broken and the diagnosis was a mere bruise.

Lawrie’s little ordeal was more interesting inasmuch as it kind of unfolded in real time. Reader Rob Browne emailed me about his HBP right as it happened in the Las Vegas-Tucson game, I tweeted it and then the Internet went kind of wacko for a while.  Understandable given how much Jays’ fans are anticipating Lawrie’s arrival in Toronto, most likely at the end of the week.  Lawrie was rather anxious too, tweeting the following:

At hospital , pls be bruised .. #praying

And then:

Just a BRUISE !!! #yaaaaabudddddy

Belt’s news came in more traditional fashion, with Andrew Baggarly tweeting it.

Both guys will probably get a day or two off after which they can continue to serve as the repository for their respective fan bases’ hopes and dreams.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.