The hard-charging Lawrie played through an oblique injury last season, and the same injury led to the Canadian sitting out this spring's World Baseball Classic. Lawrie only batted .273 with 11 HRs and 48 RBIs in 494 at-bats last year after hitting .293 with 9 HRs and 25 RBIs in just 150 at-bats in his rookie year. He's only 23, and if he can stay on the field, he'll be a key part of what Toronto hopes is a special season. Of course, as hard as he plays, that's a big if.
Fred Thornhill, Reuters
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