Lawrie could be back in action on Thursday

Lawrie could be back in action on Thursday

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Brett Lawrie could make his return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Thursday afternoon, against the Phillies.

Lawrie has been out since Friday because of tightness in his left groin. He remains day to day and will have to pass a series of running tests before being allowed back into the lineup.

The 22-year-old third baseman continues to feel better with each passing day, but the club does not want to force the issue and put him back into the lineup prematurely.

"If he just got the last five days in camp, that's going to be ample time," manager John Farrell told reporters before Wednesday afternoon's game, a 6-3 win over the Orioles. "He got out of the gate early for us, he's in great physical shape, his timing seemed to be spot on in the first week, 10 days of games that he played, so I think he'll get right back up to speed relatively quick."

Lawrie is set to embark on his first full season in the Major Leagues after an impressive debut in 2011. The native of Langley, British Columbia, hit .293 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs while posting a .953 OPS in just 150 at-bats.

He entered Wednesday's game leading the Blue Jays in doubles (six), stolen bases (five) and average (.609), while also posting a .957 slugging percentage in nine games.