Arencibia, Lawrie continue to mend

Arencibia, Lawrie continue to mend

Arencibia, Lawrie continue to mend
TORONTO -- Catcher J.P. Arencibia continues to progress in his rehab, and the Blue Jays are still eyeing Sept. 10 as the possible day he could return.

"That's the target date, and it could possibly be before then," manager John Farrell said.

Arencibia, out since July 25 with a fractured right hand, has been catching bullpens, taking batting practice and taking part in all other baseball activities.

He will have to amp up his batting-practice sessions and build a tolerance to hit before joining the club. Arencibia is likely to go on a rehab assignment with one of Toronto's Minor League affiliates for their postseason run.

Arencibia is batting .242 with 16 homers, 50 RBIs and a .745 OPS over 81 games this season.

Brett Lawrie, meanwhile, has been swinging a bat for the past few days. But there is currently no timetable for his return.

Farrell said Lawrie, who has been out since Aug. 3 with a strained oblique, has been taking light, controlled batting practice over the weekend and has been hitting off a tee.

With the Minor League season coming to a close, Lawrie may not be able to participate in any rehab games before joining the Blue Jays. If that's the case, the team will try to have him play in a simulated setting or send him to the Instructional League, which starts Sept. 18-20, according to Farrell.

"That could be also another alternative, if we feel it's either pushing it too much before Oct. 3 [Toronto's last game of the season] here, or we don't want to ramp him right up into Major League games here," Farrell said.

The team won't push Lawrie to return, as they want the 22-year-old to go into the offseason with his oblique fully healed.

Lawrie is batting .282 with nine homers, 40 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a .742 OPS over 100 games.