Lawrie (leg) was released by the White Sox on Friday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports. The promising but erratic 27-year-old managed a .248/.310/.413 line with 12 home runs, 36 RBI, 35 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 351 at-bats for the Pale Hose last year. Lawrie could latch on with another club looking for an infielder, so don't write him off for deep-league fantasy purposes yet. His departure opens up the door for top prospect Yoan Moncada to win the starting second base job in camp, but a less inspiring option like Tyler Saladino could fill the gap until the organization decides Moncada is ready.
Lawrie (leg) is being held out from games as he continues receiving treatment, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Lawrie has been plagued by left leg pain for quite some time now, blaming faulty orthotics for cutting his 2016 campaign short. Manager Rick Renteria says the staff will continue to re-evaluate the injury situation over the next coming days. In the meantime, Tyler Saladino and Yolmer Sanchez will continue receiving plenty of playing time at second base as spring training continues.
Lawrie will be held out of Saturday's Cactus League game with left leg pain, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Lawrie dealt with leg issues through the 2016 season and, just recently, discovered it was caused by his orthotics. Apparently, the leg still doesn't feel right and will hold the veteran second baseman back yet again. Matt Davidson will get the start in Lawrie's place.
Lawrie, who suffered through some puzzling injuries in his leg last season, discovered the root of the problem was with orthotics inserted into his shoes. Since removing the orthotics, Lawrie said he's feeling much better. Lawrie was sidelined with what was first reported to be a hamstring injury, but the pain cascaded to his knee, calf and hip, causing a premature end to his season in August. The source of his pain wasn't discovered until October, well after the time he could return to the field for Chicago. Lawrie's upbeat entering training camp and ready to resume his role as the White Sox starter at second base, though his future with Chicago is clouded by the organization's acquisition of Yoan Moncada from Boston. Moncada, the team's top prospect according to RotoWire, is expected to open the season at Triple-A Charlotte, but should reach the south side at some point during the season.
Lawrie agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The 26-year-old took a significant pay cut ($600,000-plus) to remain with the White Sox following another disappointing campaign. Lawrie was limited to 94 games due to hamstring issues and struggled to a .248/.310/.413 line when on the field. It'll be a make-or-break season for the former top prospect.