Brett Lawrie out 3-4 weeks with fractured hand

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A bone scan turned up a non-displaced fracture in Brett Lawrie’s hand, and the Jays’ No. 1 prospect is expected to need the next 2-3 weeks off, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports.

X-rays originally found no break in the area in which Lawrie was hit by a pitch last week while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, but additional tests performed after the swelling went down discovered the fracture.

Lawrie was thought to be on the verge of a callup at the time of the injury.  The 21-year-old third baseman was hitting .354/.415/.677 with 15 homers, 49 RBI and 11 steaks in 52 games for the 51s. Now, since he’ll need a chance to regain his swing in the minors before being added, it seems doubtful that we’ll see him in Toronto prior to the All-Star break.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.