Brett Lawrie Cleared to Begin Rehab, Could a Call-Up Come Soon After?

Brad LeClair@beerad87Correspondent IJuly 14, 2011

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Infielder Brett Lawrie #13 of the Toronto Blue Jays warms up for play against the Detroit Tigers February 26, 2011 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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On Thursday, July 14th, Brett Lawrie announced to the world via his twitter account that he's been cleared to begin his rehab with the Blue Jays organization.

Lawrie, who comes back as the Jays' top prospect, was very close to a promotion before a 95 mph fastball broke a bone or two in his hand.

Before the injury, Brett Lawrie was hitting a cool .354 with 15 home runs, 49 RBI, and 11 stolen bases.

Lawrie was primed for an early-June debut with the team, but the injury de-railed those plans.

Now, about six weeks after the injury, Lawrie is ready to begin his short road back to Triple-A and, hopefully, the majors soon after.

When Lawrie returns, expect Mike McCoy to again be shuttled down to the minors, even though a more deserving player, Frank Francisco, should be getting the demotion to Vegas.

The Jays lineup is beginning to take shape, and with the addition of Lawrie in about two weeks, expect the Toronto offence to get much more consistent and dangerous.

The lineup should break down like this:

1. Yunel Escobar SS

2. Eric Thames DH

3. Jose Bautista RF

4. Adam Lind 1B

5. Brett Lawrie 3B

6. Aaron Hill 2B

7. Travis Snider LF

8. JP Arencibia C

9. Rajai Davis or Corey Patterson CF

The Jays would have a great mix of power, speed, and upside.

A few more small additions to this lineup could make it one of the best in the league. A more consistent offensive second baseman and a legit center fielder should be in GM Alex Anthopolous' sights. 

With Anthony Gose and Jake Marisnick drawing closer and closer to the majors, a more short-term center fielder is likely here.

Gose, who is arguably the best base stealer in the minors, has drawn comparisons to Michael Bourn and Carl Crawford, while Marisnick is more like a Hunter Pence type of five-tool outfielder.

The Jays also have the likes of Michael Crouse, Marcus Knecht, Moises Sierra, and Dwight Smith Jr. in their system.

However, Toronto is hurting for a legit second baseman, although there are some that believe SS prospect Adeiny Hechavarria could move over to second now that the Jays have extended Yunel Escobar's contract.

All those things aside, with Lawrie back up, the Jays appear primed to show a more consistent offensive effort.

However, the Blue Jays will need consistent starting pitching and a bullpen that can close out games before we can even talk about getting back into the race.