4/14/2013 3:00 P.M. ET
Gibbons impressed with Kawasaki in debut
By Robert Falkoff / Special to MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki's first impression with the Blue Jays was positive both in the field and at the plate.
After getting an impromptu callup from Triple-A Buffalo following the ankle injury to Jose Reyes, Kawasaki was able to provide a two-strike sacrifice fly and draw a walk before Jose Bautista's two-run homer in a 3-2 Toronto win on Saturday night.
"He did a nice job," manager John Gibbons said. "He seems full of energy. He moves around and I like the way he approaches ground balls. He's aggressive and he comes and gets them. This is his opportunity."
Kawasaki started again on Sunday in the series finale.
Blue Jays open to playing Lawrie at second base
KANSAS CITY -- The Blue Jays have decided to explore their infield options, with Brett Lawrie getting some game action at second base as he rehabs at Class A Dunedin.
If Lawrie shows well at second in a trial run, it opens the possibility that he could get some time there, with Jose Bautista at third.
"We just wanted to take a look at it," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "We feel we're deeper in the outfield. It's not something we're ready to commit to and, if we don't feel good about it, we won't go forward with it."
Anthopoulos noted that Lawrie was receptive to playing second base.
"He was very confident," Anthopoulos said. "That doesn't surprise me. If I asked him if he could pitch, he'd probably tell me he could pitch two shutout innings.
"We just want to see how it looks in a game. Even if it doesn't happen now, we can have it in our back pocket going forward. We'd know if we had to move him around that we could."
With Jose Reyes on the disabled list, the Blue Jays want to find their most productive lineup without compromising defense. Anthopoulos emphasized that he feels good about having Bautista at third.
"We feel very confident with how Jose plays third base," Anthopoulos said. "I think he could win a Gold Glove there. He could do the same thing in right field, and it's great to have a player like that."
Familiar faces await Buehrle in upcoming start
KANSAS CITY -- Left-hander Mark Buehrle admits it'll feel strange when he takes the mound Monday night and sees some familiar faces in the batter's box.
Buehrle will be going against the Chicago White Sox -- a team he pitched for from 2000-11.
"[Paul] Konerko, watch out," Buehrle said with a smile.
Konerko and Buehrle have been longtime friends, and the two celebrated a World Series title together in 2005. Several others in the White Sox organization go way back with Buehrle, but there won't be any nostalgia once Buehrle gets to the mound. His overriding mission is to do something about his current 10.24 ERA and help the Blue Jays win a ballgame.
"I want to get back on track, [pitch] good," Buehrle said. "I haven't seen those guys for two years, so it's going to be a little weird."
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.