Lawrie starting to regain stroke at Triple-A

Lawrie starting to regain stroke at Triple-A

Lawrie starting to regain stroke at Triple-A
ARLINGTON -- Top Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie appears to be finding his timing at the plate during his first week back with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Lawrie went 1-for-4 on Saturday night and is 9-for-19 in his past four games. The native of Langley, British Columbia, also smacked his first home run of the month with a two-run blast on Friday night.

"There has been some hard contact," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He's doing a good job defensively as well. I think more than anything, as we look at situations where a guy misses either a two-week or prolonged stretch where they're able to step right back in and maintain some of the approach that they've had prior to the long layoff, those are all encouraging signs."

Lawrie missed more than a month after fracturing his left hand during a game with Las Vegas on May 31. The 21-year-old was on the verge of being promoted to the Major Leagues at the time of his injury, but the club wants to make sure he is all the way back to full strength before he makes his debut.

"It hasn't changed or given us a projected date," Farrell said of Lawrie's recent success. "But it's good to see him back on the field doing what he's doing."

Lawrie is batting .353 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs in 58 games for Las Vegas.