Lawrie eased into action against Red Sox

Lawrie eased into action against Red Sox

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Brett Lawrie made his return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox.

Lawrie had been out since March 16 with tightness in his left groin. Toronto's third baseman received medical clearance earlier in the week, but the club decided to take a cautious approach and keep him out of the lineup until Sunday.

The 22-year-old Lawrie went 0-for-2 in two at-bats, before being lifted -- as expected. Chris Woodward came on to play third base for Lawrie, who should have plenty of time to get back to full strength before the start of the regular season.

"Lawrie was fine," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "We got five innings of defense under him. He was upset at himself not driving in a run [in the fourth inning], but he has to keep things in perspective. He's had a seven-day break here. Everyone will have the day off tomorrow, and he'll be back in there Tuesday night."

Lawrie entered play on Sunday with the team lead in doubles (six) and stolen bases (five). His 14 hits are tied for second, despite receiving just 25 at-bats in nine games.

The native of Langley, British Columbia, made his Major League debut in 2011 and hit .293 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs while posting a .953 OPS in 43 games.