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Lawrie will head to DL with fractured right index finger

X-rays reveal break after infielder is hit by a pitch in second inning

Lawrie will head to DL with fractured right index finger

CINCINNATI -- Brett Lawrie is headed for the disabled list after he fractured his right index finger during Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Reds.

Lawrie was struck on his right hand by a pitch from Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto during the second inning. He was later removed from the game and underwent an X-ray, which revealed the damage.

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The timeline for this type of injury is a little uncertain, but it typically takes approximately three-to-six weeks of recovery. Toronto has yet to make an official roster move, but there's no doubt Lawrie is going on the DL.

"Oh yeah, 100 percent," Lawrie said. "I don't foresee me being ready in two days, I promise you that. Just one of those things, man.

"I don't even know [how long]. I'm still trying to take it all in. It's one of those things that's going to get better when it gets better. That's pretty much all I can say about it."

The latest incident marked the third time in eight days that Lawrie was hit on one of his hands by a pitch. Lawrie was previously hit on his left hand on June 14 in Baltimore, and then again on Wednesday in New York.

X-rays on his left hand were negative and he missed one game, but he wasn't nearly as fortunate this time around. It has been a string of bad luck that essentially left Lawrie speechless after a 4-3 loss to the Reds.

"I don't even know what to say to be honest," said Lawrie, who previously fractured his left hand while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2011.

"It hurt a little bit more than usual, so it kind of made me feel like something might be going on. It just started to settle in when I was on first base and I had to go get it checked out."

Juan Francisco likely will resume his spot as the Blue Jays' starting third baseman during Lawrie's absence. Munenori Kawasaki and Steve Tolleson could split duties at second, while Triple-A Buffalo infielder Ryan Goins also is a possibility.

Lawrie is hitting .244 with a .715 OPS in 68 games this season. He also has been especially valuable because of his versatility, as he has split time at third and second base.

The fracture for Lawrie was just one component of what turned out to be a very frustrating day for the Blue Jays. In the third inning, Jose Bautista departed with a left leg injury and is set to undergo an MRI on Monday. More information on the extent of Bautista's injury won't be known until the results are revealed later that day.

"It's definitely tough," Lawrie said. "We're big pieces of the puzzle around here, especially Jose. I'm a little piece. But for him and what he does out there it definitely helps the ballclub, I go out there and grind and do what I do.

"It's definitely tough on the team when you don't have all of your bullets, so we're going to find another way to get it done, continue grinding and I'll be back."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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