A promising rookie season has come to an end for the Toronto Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie.
Lawrie fractured the middle finger of his right hand on Wednesday afternoon while fielding ground balls prior to the Jays’ home game against the Anaheim Angels at Rogers Centre.
The 21-year-old joined Toronto in August after tearing it up at the AAA level with the Las Vegas 51s.
Since his promotion the the Major League level, Lawrie was impressive.
hit .293 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 43 games.
He was second on the Toronto roster in batting average (.293), on-base-percentage (.580) and slugging percentage (.953), finishing second in all three categories to all-star Jose Bautista.
Lawrie also hit nine home runs and drove in 25 runs in 43 games.
Twenty-one of his 44 hits went for extra bases.
Translated over a full season of 162 games, he was on pace for 34 home runs and 94 RBIs.
With Las Vegas, Lawrie hit .353 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs in 69 games. He missed part of the season with a fractured left hand.
The finger fracture is expected to take approximately four-to-six weeks to heal.
The Jays season is over on Sept. 28.
Lawrie, a 2008 Brookswood Secondary graduate, was the 16th overall selection in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, the highest-ever Canadian positional player selected.
The Jays acquired Lawrie during an off-season trade prior to the 2011 season