"We took every precaution with every imaging available to us, so that we weren't overlooking something," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "The X-rays showed no fracture, he was X-rayed a second time, the bone scan showed no fractures, but yet the CAT scan did."
Lawrie was returned to the club's Minor League complex in
Dunedin, Fla., to maintain his conditioning. He is not
allowed to participate in any baseball-related activities
for at least the next two weeks and likely won't return to
Triple-A Las Vegas until the beginning of July.
The 21-year-old third baseman was hitting .354 with 15 home
runs and 49 RBIs in 52 games this season. He also had 19
doubles and an impressive .415 on-base percentage while
stealing 11 bases.
The latest development comes as a major blow to Lawrie, who
was on the verge of being called up to big leagues at the
time of his injury. General manager Alex Anthopoulous
described the promotion as being "close" and it was expected
he would debut in Baltimore on June 3.
"That's the one thing that is so uncontrollable, you just try to prepare the best you can through depth and other
options," Farrell said. "This is unfortunate considering how
close he is and yet this is a setback.
"He'll have to definitely get back into games once he is
able to resume baseball activity and build back up to seeing
live pitching again."