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Brett Lawrie on DL, Jose Bautista has mild hamstring strain

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is hopeful right-fielder Jose Bautista will miss only miss "a couple of days" with a mild left hamstring strain, while third baseman Brett Lawrie was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right index finger.

Team hopeful he'll return this week; Lawrie put on 15-day DL

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says he is hopeful that right-fielder Jose Bautista, pictured here, would only miss "a couple of days" with a mild left hamstring strain. He left Sunday's 4-3 loss in Cincinnati after pulling up lame while running to second base on a sacrifice bunt. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

It was a day of mixed results Monday for the Toronto Blue Jays before they opened a three-game series against the visiting New York Yankees.

First, third baseman Brett Lawrie was put on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right index finger.

Later in the day, manager John Gibbons said he was hopeful that right-fielder Jose Bautista would only miss “a couple of days’ with a mild left hamstring strain.

The 39-35 Yankees have crept to within 1 ½ games of the American League East-leading Blue Jays (42-35) so the loss of Lawrie and Bautista is significant.

Both were injured in Sunday’s 4-3 loss at Cincinnati, with Lawrie exiting the game in the second inning after being hit by a pitch.

In the third, Bautista left with tightness in his leg after pulling up lame while running to second base on a sacrifice bunt.

Bautista is hitting .305 in 77 games this season with 15 home runs, tied for 10th in the American League, and a league-leading 59 walks.

Also Monday, he was named captain of the AL squad for next month's Home Run Derby as part of the all-star festivities at Target Field in Minnesota.

Bautista finished second in the 2012 Home Run Derby to Prince Fielder and also competed in 2011.

Lawrie has a .244 average in 69 games with 12 homers and 38 runs batted in. He left a June 18 game at New York after being hit by a pitch on his left hand and missed one game.

Lawrie also missed a week of game action in May due to a strained right hamstring.

Juan Francisco should see the bulk of playing time at third base while outfielders Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar were recalled Monday from triple-A Buffalo.

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