Lawrie was released by the Brewers on Tuesday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
The Brewers took a chance on Lawrie over the offseason, signing him to a minor-league deal despite the fact that he hadn't appeared in a game at any level since 2016. He never made it into a game this season either, spending his time working out at the team's spring training facility before the Brewers elected to cut bait.
Lawrie (undisclosed) has resumed baseball activities at the Brewers' extended spring training complex, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
Lawrie needed some time to get his body back into baseball shape after signing with the Brewers in early February, but he has now reached that point, and confirmed that by posting a video on his Instagram account. Lawrie still has a ways to go in his recovery, but GM David Stearns said Lawrie is "on plan."
Lawrie won't take part in baseball activities this spring and will instead focus on getting in baseball shape, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Lawrie was an interesting flyer on a minor-league deal for the Brewers, as he's still just 29 and owns a respectable .261/.315/.419 slash line in parts of six big-league seasons. He's been out of the game altogether since being cut by the White Sox in March of 2017, and the fact that he won't even participate in baseball activities this spring indicates how far he is from returning to the majors.
Lawrie announced Saturday via his personal Instagram account that he has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Brewers. Per Robert Murray of The Athletic, Lawrie's contract contains a club option for 2020 and is worth a maximum of $7 million.
Lawrie has been out of baseball since being released by the White Sox in March 2017, though likely not as a result of any lack of interest from teams. Still just 29 years old and with a career .261/.315/.419 batting line (100 wRC+) in the majors, Lawrie makes for a high-upside, low-stakes flier for the Brewers, who previously nabbed the Canadian with the 16th overall pick in the 2008 first-year player draft. It's unclear if Lawrie's deal includes an invitation to big-league camp, but he'll probably first need to prove himself in the high minors regardless after a lengthy layoff from professional baseball.
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 coming days. In the meantime, Yoan Moncada, 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 throughout the 2016 season and 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 leg injuries 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 is 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.
Lawrie (hamstring) is in Arizona rehabbing and could see some tune up action in the Instructional League, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Lawrie appears to be making some progress despite remaining without a defined timetable. It's unlikely the White Sox will rush the veteran back to action given that the team is out of playoff contention but there may still be a chance he returns to the field again this season.
General manager Rick Hahn said Lawrie (hamstring) recently had an MRI on his knee and calf, but there were not structural issues, the Daily Herald reports. However, there is no timeline for his return.
Lawrie has been on the disabled list for more than a month now with the hamstring issue, and he said he's still feeling "something" in his leg. It's unclear whether he'll return at all this season, as he's running low on time to rehab in the minors. Tyler Saladino should continue to start in his stead.
Lawrie (hamstring) returned to Chicago on Tuesday to be further examined after his minor league rehab assignment was cut short, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Lawrie began his rehab over a week ago, but he was unable to make it through a complete game due to the hamstring injury and a possible quad issue. His return date remains up in the air, but Tyler Saladino and Carlos Sanchez should continue to man second in his stead.
Lawrie (hamstring) left his rehab game after four innings Saturday, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports.
According to White Sox manager Robin Ventura, Lawrie will not be activated until he's able to play a full game for Double-A Birmingham while on a rehab assignment. That statement clouds his potential return date a bit, as he was pulled early from several rehab games this week. Keep an eye on his minor league game log, however, as consecutive full games will indicate Lawrie's activation is right around the corner.
Lawrie (hamstring) was pulled from a rehab game at Double-A Birmingham on Wednesday night due to a quad issue, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
At this point, it's unclear whether the setback is anything to worry about, but considering Lawrie is already on the DL with a hamstring injury, it's certainly far from encouraging. Lawrie remains without a firm return timeline, and given this latest news it's possible his recovery could extend toward the end of the month.
Lawrie (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
He has been taking batting practice and running the bases without pain of late, so hopefully his stint in the minors does not last long. He should take over second base upon his return, but he could yield more time than usual to the younger guys down the stretch as the team looks toward 2017.
Lawrie, who is on the DL with a hamstring injury, is also dealing with a knee issue that is complicating his recovery, the Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen reports.
He is not close to returning to the White Sox as he needs more time to recover from a left hamstring strain, but he also has some fluid and discomfort in his knee. It would seem that a late-August return would be the best-case scenario, given Lawrie's litany of lower-body issues. Tyler Saladino will continue to man second base in the meantime.
Lawrie (hamstring) will need more time to recover from his hamstring injury and is not close to returning according to manager Robin Ventura, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Lawrie initially hit the DL on Wednesday and hasn't seemed to be progressing from the injury at all, even though tests revealed no significant damage to the hamstring. The 26-year-old is eligible to return as early as August 6, but will likely need at least another week if not more to feel comfortable back on the field. In his place, the White Sox have been starting Carlos Sanchez at second.
Lawrie (hamstring) was officially placed on the disabled list Wednesday, Coleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
As expected, Lawrie will hit the DL after missing the last five days with a nagging hamstring issue. The stint is backdated to July 22, so he'll be eligible to return as early as August 6. Carlos Sanchez will come up from Triple-A to temporarily fill Lawrie's spot on the 25-man roster.
The White Sox are expected to place Lawrie (hamstring) on the disabled list before Wednesday's game, the Daily Herald reports.
The White Sox have been without Lawrie for five days, and manager Robin Ventura said the club did not want a short bench as they head into a National League series against the Cubs. Lawrie would be eligible to return the first weekend of August, and the injury will likely preclude him from being involved in any non-waiver trades. Carlos Sanchez will replace him on the roster, and Sanchez and Saladino should replace him at second.
Lawrie (hamstring) is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs.
Although previous tests on Lawrie's hamstring didn't reveal any significant damage, the White Sox's everyday second baseman will sit out a fifth straight game Tuesday. Tyler Saladino, who has seven hits in his last 18 at-bats, will start in Lawrie's place Tuesday and bat ninth in the order.
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2011||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||69||292||64||103||24||6||18||61||26||53||13||2||.353||.415||.661|
|2011||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||4||8||0||1||0||0||0||1||--||1||0||0||.125||.364||.125|
|2012||R-Gcl Blue Jays||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||--||--||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
|2012||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||--||1||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
|2013||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||3||9||3||3||0||0||0||0||4||2||0||0||.333||.538||.333|
|2013||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||4||12||1||6||1||1||0||2||1||--||0||0||.500||.538||.750|
|2014||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||3||10||3||4||1||0||0||0||2||2||0||0||.400||.500||.500|