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.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: