Brett Lawrie has been sidelined since June 22 due to a broken right index finger suffered on a hit-by-pitch, but Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he’s scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight with High-A Dunedin.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons expects Lawrie to spend at least one week on his rehab stint, but at this rate, he should still beat both Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind back from the disabled list. He’s starting at second base tonight and will play third base tomorrow, so it looks like he’ll continue to shuffle between positions once he’s ready to rejoin the big club.
Lawrie, 24, is batting .244/.299/.419 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI over 69 games this season. He has made 43 starts at third base and 26 starts at second base.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.