Brett Lawrie is still a couple of weeks away from a rehab assignment

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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.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.