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.