Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lawrie gets Called up, Snider Demoted

The long awaited arrival of the 13th best prospect in the MLB has come,but it comes at a price. Brett Lawrie, the third baseman from Langley,British Columbia who was ripping up AAA when he was on the eve of his call-up on May 31st before he was hit by a pitch on his hand and broke it, was batting .353 with a 1.076 ops in AAA Las Vegas. Too make room on the 25 man roster Travis Snider was sent back down to Vegas, not to work on his swing, but because he was not producing. Jays GM Alex Anthopoulous said that because Edwin Encarnacion is starting to heat up, it was between Snider and OF Eric Thames to be sent down, but Snider was chosen.He also said it could have gone either way. Lawrie will make his MLB debut on Friday night in Baltimore. The pitcher he will face is righty Tommy Hunter, who is 1-1 with a 3.31 era in 16.1 innings this season with Texas and Baltimore.

RHP Carlos Villanueva was placed on the 15 day DL today with a right forearm strain. Villanueva is 6-3 with a 4.24 era in 26 games, 13 starts for the Jays this season. Luis Perez was recalled from AAA to take his place.Perez is 1-2 with a 3.57 era in 24 games with the Jays this year.

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