Brett Lawrie, that athletic, ultra-skilled, ultra-competitive phenom for the Toronto Blue Jays—who just happened to be batting .209 at the time of his latest injury—will quite possibly be patrolling the left side of the diamond for the club's AAA franchise in Buffalo in the coming weeks.
As was reported in the National Post, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is now claiming that the controversial Jays infielder will likely be away from the team much longer than originally anticipated. Lawrie's road back could include a rehab stint in the minor leagues.
The play that led to Lawrie's most recent injury was another in the series of bizarre moments that have many Toronto fans shaking their heads at a player who once was considered a blue-chip prospect.
Lawrie's ankle was caught awkwardly in a slide into second-base during a May 27 home game against the Baltimore Orioles. Although training staff immediately attended to Lawrie during a break in play, he stubbornly refused to leave the field. He preferred to hobble into third base on the subsequent at bat, potentially making the injury worse.
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He was immediately yanked from the game by Blue Jays Head Coach John Gibbons.
Whether Lawrie's refusal to immediately leave the game has contributed to his now extended layoff is unclear, but it would not be the first time Blue Jays fans have been baffled by some of their third baseman's actions.
With all of Major League Baseball now lacking regular infusions of controversial Brett Lawrie content, we thought we could fill the gap with a look back at some of the young Canadian's antics.
Here now, in no particular order, are our top five Brett Lawrie overreactions.