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Lawrie to start season on shelf

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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Toronto Blue Jays aren't willing to risk third baseman Brett Lawrie suffering another long-term injury.

The team announced Monday that the native of Langley, B.C., will open the season on the disabled list with strained rib cage on his left side. The Blue Jays had been holding out hope that Lawrie might be ready to open the season on time, but decided a careful approach was needed.

"I wish that I could say I'm going to be ready on this day, but I can't go as hard as I want to go out on the field until it feels like my other side," Lawrie said. "I want to make sure that when I go back out there to play it's to stay out there. It's not go out there and test it. I just don't want that hanging over me, I don't like that in my head the thought that it could get worse."

Last season Lawrie tried to play through pain and ended up missing two months with a right oblique injury.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 26, 2013 D4

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