MILWAUKEE -- Once one of the Brewers brightest young prospects, third baseman Brett Lawrie played his first Major League game at Milwaukee's Miller Park on Monday as a member of the Blue Jays. He hit leadoff for Toronto and homered in his first at-bat.
"It's been kind of a wild road, but I finally got here," he said.Lawrie was traded to Toronto in late 2010 as part of the deal that brought starter Shaun Marcum to Milwaukee. He spent two seasons in the Brewers' Minor League system after being selected by the team in the first round of the 2008 Draft. Although Lawrie and his former organization didn't leave on the best of terms, he said he doesn't have any extra motivation for this week's Interleague series. Instead, he's only focused on winning, which doesn't surprise those who know him.
"He wants to be known as a guy who plays his butt off, and he doesn't need everybody to like him," said Brewers infielder Taylor Green, a Double-A Huntsville teammate in 2010. "That doesn't come into the equation for him. He just wants to win games, and he plays the game unbelievably hard."Blue Jays manager John Farrell said the trade that brought Lawrie to Toronto was a win-win for all involved, but he's "excited" to have the 22-year-old third baseman on his team. And even if Lawrie won't admit to being even a little bit more excited than usual for a three-game series against the Brewers, Farrell said he wouldn't blame him for giving a little extra. "You see it many times over," Farrell said. "The players come back to play for the first time in the city in which they were drafted, even though he never played at the big league level here, there's going to be some emotions that run because of that." For Lawrie, a native of British Columbia, he's simply happy to have realized his Major League dream with the Blue Jays. "I think it was just a good opportunity for me to begin my career, and thankfully I got an opportunity to do it as a Canadian and do it in Toronto," Lawrie said. "I couldn't be happier where I am right now, and everything went pretty smoothly."
Drabek to have second Tommy John surgery
MILWAUKEE -- As of first pitch in the series opener against the Brewers on Monday, Blue Jays manager John Farrell still had no definitive answer for who will start on the mound Tuesday or Wednesday.He did, however, have some insight into the injury status of right-hander Kyle Drabek, who will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. "Based on the multiple evaluations, I think this was the only option," Farrell said. "So in some ways, because of the extent of the injury, it was pretty much taken out of his hands. And the proper road and really best course of action is to have surgery done, knowing that entails a lengthy rehab and a lot of due diligence and work on his part in the near future here." For Drabek, who will have the procedure done by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., it will be his second Tommy John surgery, which typically keeps a pitcher out of action for about a year. His first came in 2006 while still in high school.
As for Drew Hutchinson, the other pitcher to go down last week for Toronto, Farrell said he wasn't as certain what the immediate future might hold. Hutchinson got a second opinion on his injured right elbow from Dr. Tim Kremchek in Cincinnati on Monday, and Farrell had yet to receive a full report before Monday's game."Once we get the report, we'll factor that into the other information that we obtained [from] our own medical staff, and at that point determine the next course of action," Farrell said.
If All-Star voting ended Monday, Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista would be the third outfielder for the American League.Bautista jumped to third place in the latest AL balloting numbers with 1,996,940 votes, behind the Rangers' Josh Hamilton (5,414,880) and the Yankees' Curtis Granderson (2,818,535). After setting a single-season balloting record with 7,454,753 votes last season, Bautista would be the first Blue Jays outfielder to earn back-to-back fan-elected starts in the All-Star Game since Joe Carter in 1993-94. With three injured starters gone from the rotation, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said the bullpen might be used differently in the coming games. "We'll probably take a little bit different approach with the use of our relievers, and that may mean more multiple-inning outings with an extra day of rest in between," he said. Jesse Chavez, who has gone 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas this season and is a potential candidate to start for the Blue Jays this week, was at Monday's game against the Brewers. "He is here in the event something goes unforeseen [Monday]," Farrell said. "He is on the taxi squad, so there's no plans as we speak right now for him to start [Tuesday]. That's still to be determined, and we'll have a better read on that once we get through [Monday night's game]."
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.