Brett Lawrie experiences setback and is now out indefinitely

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Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sunday in a rehab game at the Blue Jays’ High-A affiliate in Dunedin, Florida. And he came away with more than just a bruised ego.

According to John Lott of Canada’s National Post, Lawrie felt renewed ribcage soreness when he woke up Monday morning and had not made any improvement by Tuesday, so he’s been pulled off his rehab assignment and shut down indefinitely.

Lawrie has been sidelined since early August because of a strained left oblique. Given that the injury is still bugging him, he can probably be ruled out until close to mid-September.

The 22-year-old third baseman was batting .282/.326/.416 with nine homers and 40 RBI through 100 games played this season for the Jays, who enter play Tuesday night ranking last in the American League East.

The Angels were the first team to use up all of their mound visits

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Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.

Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.

At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.