Blue Jays shut down Brett Lawrie for the season

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Toronto transferred infielder Brett Lawrie from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list, which means he won’t be eligible to return to the active roster before the season ends.

Lawrie has been out since early August with a strained oblique muscle and hit just .247 with 12 homers and a .722 OPS in 70 games before going on the DL.

Since a big 43-game debut as a 21-year-old in 2011 he’s hit a combined .261 with a .721 OPS in three seasons while missing 37, 55, and now 92 games.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.