As expected, Brett Lawrie will start the season on the DL. The big key is getting him back to 100%. #bluejays
— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) March 25, 2013
I think he can come back like 4 days in to the season or something like that, but still. 15 days from today is the 8th, but Lawrie hasn't appeared in games for like a month now, so it can definitely be retroactive. The result?
With Lawrie out, Gibbons says he'll use "platoon" at third. DeRosa and perhaps Izturis, although Gibbons didn't specify.
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) March 25, 2013
It would appear that we're going to have both Boni and Izturis in the lineup most days, at least to start the year, given that there is hardly any middle infield depth. Sounds kind of shitty.
This, of course, means that we're really likely to have a 13-man pitching staff, with an 8-man bullpen. Brad Lincoln was optioned to AAA last night, but Dustin McGowan, Jeremy Jeffress and Brett Cecil (possibly Aaron Loup too) are all fighting for what appears to be a single bullpen spot. Lawrie being sent to the DL probably allows the Jays another week or so to evaluate their bullpen options or make a trade or something.
Elsewhere, Josh Thole was optioned to AAA last night as well, and JP Arencibia will catch RA Dickey in the season opener. JP will get the lions share of the work, and they'll split the Dickey catching duties. Mike Nickeas has been told that he won't make the team, but will stick around with the team before reporting to minor league camp.
Anthony Gose has also been optioned.