Brett Lawrie drops the appeal of his suspension

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Brett Lawrie was suspended for four games yesterday, appealed, played last night and went hitless. Today he has reconsidered, dropped his appeal and will begin serving his four-game punishment.

I suspect this has something to do with the personnel moves the Jays made today, making them better able to weather the temporary loss of Lawrie.  Or, maybe, he just realized that he got off pretty good by losing only four games and figured that there was no point to an appeal. Certainly contrition and soul searching were not part of the process.

Now, my Blue Jays fan readers may once again proudly fill the comments section with “the ump should be suspended too” vitriol.

Buster Posey likely to undergo season-ending hip surgery

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Giants catcher Buster Posey will likely undergo season-ending surgery on his ailing right hip, which has bothered him since May, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Executive VP of baseball operations Brian Sabean said it’s a “safe assumption” that Posey will go under the knife. The procedure would clean out bone spurs and address the labrum, which is the soft tissue around the hip socket.

Posey didn’t start Sunday’s game and went 1-for-6 on Monday against the Mets. He’s batting .286/.360/.386 with five home runs and 40 RBI in 439 plate appearances this season. It will go down as his least productive season among those in which he has appeared in 100 games.

Nick Hundley would take over full-time catching duties if Posey were to have his season cut short. Hundley has performed decently, hitting .247/.296/.452 with nine homers and 30 RBI in 199 PA.