A bone scan turned up a non-displaced fracture in Brett Lawrie’s hand, and the Jays’ No. 1 prospect is expected to need the next 2-3 weeks off, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports.
X-rays originally found no break in the area in which Lawrie was hit by a pitch last week while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, but additional tests performed after the swelling went down discovered the fracture.
Lawrie was thought to be on the verge of a callup at the time of the injury. The 21-year-old third baseman was hitting .354/.415/.677 with 15 homers, 49 RBI and 11 steaks in 52 games for the 51s. Now, since he’ll need a chance to regain his swing in the minors before being added, it seems doubtful that we’ll see him in Toronto prior to the All-Star break.
The Texas Rangers just announced that they have fired Jeff Banister as the team’s manager. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named interim manager for the remainder of 2018 season.
Banister was in the last year of his contract with the club, but there was an option for 2019. Rangers brass, obviously, has decided to go in a different direction following what will be the club’s worst finish in Banister’s tenure. At the moment the Rangers are 64-88 and are assured of last place in the AL West.
Banister was hired before the 2015 season and led the Rangers to first place finishes in each of his first two seasons, willing the Manager of the Year Award in 2015. The club fell to a disappointing third place and a 78-84 record last season, however and, after an offseason that neither helped the Rangers rebuild OR reload, this season the descent has continued.
Injuries and under achievement has been the order of the day for the past two years and, with the career of Adrian Beltre nearing its end and the Rangers having been passed up by the Astros as the class of the division, a full rebuild is in the club’s future. Even if that was not the case, however, recently there have been some reports about Banister having trouble communicating with his players, suggesting that, perhaps, the Rangers would move on from him even if the results on the field had been better.
Banister ends his reign as the Rangers’ skipper with a record of 325-313.