Brett Lawrie has been sidelined for nearly a month with a left ankle sprain and his return doesn’t exactly sound imminent.
According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said today that Lawrie is likely a couple of weeks away from going out on a minor league rehab assignment. The 23-year-old third baseman has resumed some baseball activities in recent days, but the Blue Jays want to make sure he’s 100 percent before testing him in game action. Assuming the timetable sticks, he figures to be activated around the All-Star break.
Lawrie, who also missed part of April with a rib cage injury, is hitting just .209 with five homers and a .642 OPS in 37 games this season. He represents a potential upgrade when healthy, but the red-hot Blue Jays haven’t missed him much recently.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.
Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.
There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?
All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.
If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.