Lawrie working his way back to Blue Jays

Lawrie working his way back to Blue Jays

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will need to start thinking about roster moves in the upcoming week, with Brett Lawrie appearing in a Gulf Coast League game Saturday afternoon.

Lawrie was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 9 with a right oblique strain, but he has had no symptoms since beginning baseball activities as he works to re-join the club.

"He'll join [Class A] Dunedin for a couple of days," John Farrell said Saturday morning. "Hopefully, he meets us in Detroit."

Farrell called Lawrie's range of activity on the field, from batting practice to taking ground balls, "free and easy."

As for roster moves when Lawrie and Jose Bautista return to the Blue Jays, Farrell said that no one has been "ear-marked," and cites regular at-bats as a serious factor to be considered.

"With any of these guys, with no disrespect to them, you wait until the next phase begins and adjust accordingly," Farrell said.

J.P. Arencibia, who is on the DL with a fractured right hand, is in his strengthening phase after getting his cast off on Wednesday. He'll report to Florida in the middle of next week to begin rehab and start dry swings. Adam Lind, who is on the DL with a back strain, is also gaining some intensity in his activities, and Farrell hopes to have him back in the short term.