Blue Jays lose Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie to injury

Jose Bautista was forced to leave Sunday's game with a leg injury.
Jose Bautista was forced to leave Sunday's game with a leg injury. (USATSI)

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Sunday in Cincinnati, the Blue Jays were forced to remove both outfielder Jose Bautista and second/third baseman Brett Lawrie due to injuries.

Lawrie was hit in the hand with a pitch -- the third time this week he took one off his hand -- and left with what has been announced as a fractured right index finger. Given that Lawrie's right-handed and one can't throw a ball with a broken finger, it's rather obvious he's headed for the disabled list.

Bautista's injury seems less significant, as it's been announced that he left with tightness in his left leg. There's no further, official word on the issue, but that certainly sounds like something that is a day to day type injury.

Lawrie, 24, is hitting .244/.299/.419 with 12 homers and 38 RBI on the season. With him out, the Blue Jays can use Juan Francisco at third and Steve Tolleson at second. Tolleson had to play right field Sunday, though, with Bautista out and Munenori Kawasaki manned second.

Bautista, 33, is hitting .305/.433/.526 with 15 homers and 49 RBI this season.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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