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.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.