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Lawrie exits game in sixth inning with ankle injury

Slides awkwardly into second while stealing base against Braves

TORONTO -- Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is considered day to day after he sustained a left ankle injury during Monday night's game against the Braves.

Lawrie injured the ankle while stealing second base during the sixth inning of Toronto's 9-3 victory. He slid awkwardly into second and appeared to roll his ankle after getting his foot caught on the base.

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The 22-year-old had a precautionary X-ray taken during the game, but appears to have avoided a major injury.

"Actually [feels] better than I anticipated," Lawrie said. "I'm sure it looked a lot worse when it happened. Not incredibly bad, it's actually not too bad, I can walk around a little bit, but it's that spring-off point when I go to take off.

"It's a little stiff right now. That's expected because it just happened. Just have to ice it up and see what it's like tomorrow when I wake up."

Lawrie initially remained in the game after stealing second base, but he could tell almost right away that something wasn't right. When he took a couple of aggressive steps towards third, there was a sense of discomfort and the pain became too much when Emilio Bonifacio grounded out to second base.

The native of British Columbia limped over to third and was then removed from the game for pinch-runner Mark DeRosa. It's the first few steps to get into a sprint which could prove to be the biggest obstacle to overcome before Lawrie is allowed back in the lineup.

An answer to just how long that will take won't be known until Lawrie sees how it feels when he wakes up prior to Tuesday's afternoon game vs. Atlanta.

"I didn't feel a pop or anything like that, so that was a great sign to me," Lawrie said. "I got up and I could put some weight on it which also was a good sign. So I just have to see how it feels.

"Everyone thought it was my knee, just because it looks weird. But it was just my ankle and hopefully I wake up tomorrow and I feel all right."

Lawrie was 2-for-3 off right-hander Tim Hudson at the time of his departure. He is hitting .209 in 36 games this season.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB.

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