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Lawrie heads to DL with left ankle sprain

Second base has not been kind to the Toronto Blue Jays this year, especially when they're sliding in.

Back on April 12th in Kansas City, shortstop Jose Reyes badly sprained his left ankle after an awkward slide into the base. He's been out ever since, although he has regained his speed and could be back by mid-June, according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

Now the second-base bag has claimed the player who'd normally play to Reyes' left, third baseman Brett Lawrie, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain. Maicer Izturis started at third base for Toronto Wednesday night against Atlanta.

On Monday night, Lawrie sprained his left ankle, in the sixth inning of the Blue Jays' 9-3 win over Atlanta at Rogers Centre, while trying to steal second base. He stayed in the game but was replaced later in the inning for a pinch-runner.

"He came in [Monday] night, the doctors ruled out a fracture and he might be able to play [Tuesday]," Anthopoulos said. "During the game yesterday his ankle started to swell up a little bit. Obviously it wasn't moving in the direction that everybody hoped. So we decided to get an MRI and it showed it was a lot more severe. So you're looking at two weeks, maybe three, just because he'll be down at least a week."

To pick up the offensive slack caused by Lawrie's loss and no designated hitter, there had been talk of moving Edwin Encarnacion or even Jose Bautista to third to make room for hot-hitting Adam Lind, but those ideas were quashed by Anthopoulos and manager John Gibbons prior to the game, although Anthopoulos said Encarnacion would take grounders at third prior to the game.

His injury not being as serious as Reyes' was little consolation.

"If you're comparing it to what happened to Jose, sure," said Anthopoulos. "Any time a player gets hurt, I don't know that he dodged anything. You'd rather have him out on the field."

At the time of the injury, Lawrie was hitting .209, with five homers and 14 RBIs, but had been on a tear, hitting .412 (7-for-17) over his previous five games, with three multi-hit games.

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