Lawrie working to return to lineup after hard fall

Lawrie working to return to lineup after hard fall

BOSTON -- Brett Lawrie remains day to day with a contusion on his right calf following a scary incident at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

Lawrie was injured while diving into the camera well to catch a popup during a 6-0 loss to the Yankees. X-rays ruled out a possible fracture, and he has spent the past 48 hours receiving treatment in an effort to get back into the lineup.

"Today I'm actually walking better," Lawrie said on Friday afternoon. "Yesterday was kind of a sore day. I iced it all day yesterday, woke up today and I've been able to walk fine, which is good. I anticipate that hopefully I'll be back tomorrow. Obviously treat it all day today and try to take care of it.

"I hit it so hard that it was just a shock and I had to let it sink in. Now it's obviously getting better, and I just got to ice it all day today and see about tomorrow."

There were initial concerns that Lawrie would require a stint on the 15-day disabled list, but that has all but been completely ruled out at this point. Saturday still might be overly optimistic, but either way the club doesn't anticipate this becoming a long-term problem.

Lawrie is hitting .278 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 87 games this season. The 22-year-old also has a .730 OPS while recording 27 extra-base hits and 19 walks.