Lawrie returns to lineup after scary flip

Lawrie returns to lineup after scary flip

Lawrie returns to lineup after scary flip
BOSTON -- Third baseman Brett Lawrie made his return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Saturday afternoon following a one-game absence with a right calf injury.

Lawrie suffered a contusion on his right leg while diving into the camera well at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday in an effort to catch a Mark Teixeira popup.

The scary incident looked more severe than it ended up being, and after passing a series of tests on Saturday, Lawrie was given the green light to start.

"Brett has made a remarkable recovery when you consider the fall he took in New York and the impact that his leg sustained when he flipped over the rail," manager John Farrell said. "He went through all kinds of change-of-direction [tests], sprint, slow down, to stress that calf area, and he came out fine. So he's in the lineup tonight at third base for us."

X-rays on Wednesday were negative and that had Lawrie talking about an imminent return to the lineup. At the time, that assessment seemed overly optimistic because Lawrie was walking with a severe limp, but he made a quick recovery.

Lawrie underwent various forms of treatment during the past two days, and Farrell said there is no concern that the club is prematurely inserting Lawrie back into the starting lineup.

"I think those tests, they're strenuous to the point where if he felt anything, we'd see it either through his movements or he'd make comments or remarks about that, and that wasn't the case," Farrell said. "He has a high pain threshold, but that's not to say he's playing in pain today. He's fully ready to go."

Lawrie entered play on Saturday hitting .278 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 87 games this season.