BOSTON -- Brett Lawrie's absence atop the lineup on his second day back was scheduled, manager John Farrell said Saturday.
The third baseman returned from the disabled list Friday and contributed right away after missing a month because of a right oblique injury, but the Blue Jays want to be careful with him. Farrell talked to Lawrie Friday about controlling his on-field intensity when possible, and now the team's being sure to ease Lawrie back in to regular play.
"The fact is he's had just a couple games played, he'll be back in the lineup tomorrow," Farrell said. "He played the night before [in a Minor League rehab game], traveled in here and this was just a scheduled off-day for him."
On Friday, Lawrie went 1-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and led off a 7-5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park with a double. Left fielder Rajai Davis hit leadoff for Toronto on Saturday night at Fenway Park.