Brett Lawrie is playing second base on rehab assignment


Jose Reyes’ ankle injury has the Blue Jays considering their infield options, including giving third baseman Brett Lawrie some time at second base during his minor league rehab assignment for a rib cage injury.

“We just wanted to take a look at it,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Robert Falkoff of “We feel we’re deeper in the outfield. It’s not something we’re ready to commit to and, if we don’t feel good about it, we won’t go forward with it.”

If the Blue Jays think Lawrie can hack it at second base they could then use Jose Bautista at third base, where he’s started 345 games in the majors. Lawrie, on the other hand, hasn’t started anywhere but third base in the majors and hasn’t played second base since he was at Double-A in 2010.

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.