8/3/2014 6:00 P.M. ET
Lawrie progressing during rehab with Dunedin
Infielder could return to the Blue Jays during weekend set against Tigers
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- Brett Lawrie appears to be rounding into form rather quickly during his rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Dunedin.
Lawrie went 2-for-3 with a double in his second game on Saturday night. The Blue Jays' infielder is 3-for-6 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and a pair of strikeouts in two games.
The most important thing is that Lawrie hasn't felt any lingering effects from the fractured right index finger he suffered on June 22.
"Felt good, normal body soreness," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Lawrie started Friday night at second base and the following day he was at third. He is expected to continue shifting between those positions in preparation for a similar role upon his return to the Majors.
When that return will happen is unclear. Gibbons originally estimated that Lawrie would need "at least a week" of rehab games, but it's possible the timeline could be adjusted if he exceeds expectations.
Lawrie was scheduled to play for Dunedin on Sunday night, but he has yet to appear in a full nine innings. Dunedin has two games remaining in its series vs. Palm Beach before hitting the road for a four-game series in nearby Lakeland, Fla.
One logical assumption is that Lawrie will remain in Dunedin until at least Monday. From there, he could make the jump to Double-A New Hampshire, which opens a three-game series in Erie, Pa., on Tuesday.
Lawrie normally would have made the jump to Triple-A Buffalo at some point this week, but that club's schedule isn't particularly favorable. Buffalo has an afternoon game in Norfolk, Va., on Tuesday, an off-day on Wednesday and then travels to Durham, N.C., for a doubleheader on Thursday.
Unless Lawrie suffers a setback, there's a good chance he could return for an upcoming series against the Tigers on Friday. He is hitting .244 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs in 69 games this season.
Reyes dings injured right shoulder on slide
HOUSTON -- Jose Reyes survived a major scare in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Astros when he avoided a potentially serious injury while sliding into second base.
Reyes hit a sharp liner into right-center field during the first inning and tried to stretch a single into a double. He beat the throw, but his right shoulder collided with the leg of Marwin Gonzalez during the head-first slide.
The impact resulted in a lot of pain and Reyes took his right arm off the bag which resulted in the out. The far greater concern was Reyes' health especially considering he has been battling shoulder problems for most of the season.
"It was a little bit scary when it first happened, but after I got up, I knew everything was going to be fine," Reyes said. "I just had to take my black necklace off and put it in my locker because that scratched me a little bit in my collarbone. Other than that, everything was fine."
Reyes' shoulder issue dates to the past couple of months. He received cortisone shots to deal with the discomfort, but he hasn't missed a game because of the lingering injury.
The shoulder also appears to have improved over the past couple of weeks. The All-Star break provided some much-needed rest and Reyes' throws across the diamond from shortstop have been noticeably stronger in the past couple of weeks.
It didn't take long for the Astros to test Reyes' wonky shoulder after the incident at second. In the bottom of the first inning, Houston's Jose Altuve hit a groundball up the middle that Reyes fielded before turning and making an accurate throw to first.
"It's OK, good enough to be in the field," Reyes said. "It's August. We're competing right now to make the playoffs, so no matter how sore it's going to be, I'll try to be there every single day helping my ballclub win a lot of ballgames."
Melky named top Blue Jays' player for July
HOUSTON -- Left fielder Melky Cabera has been named the Blue Jays' Player of the Month for July by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Cabrera ranked second in the American League with 37 hits in July. He also had a .356 average (eighth in the AL), eight doubles, one triple, three homers and a .956 OPS in 26 games.
The 29-year-old had 11 multi-hit games and three games with three hits. On the season, Cabrera ranks first in runs (70), hits (142) and is second in average (.312) among switch-hitters.
Right-hander Marcus Stroman picked up one first-place vote and finished as the runner-up for the monthly award. Stroman went 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA and a .193 opponents' batting average in five starts.
The start of August didn't treat Stroman as kindly. He allowed five earned runs over three innings in the shortest start of his career on Sunday against the Astros.
This marks the second time this season that Cabrera has received a player of the month award. He shared the honors in April with left-hander Mark Buehrle, while Edwin Encarnacion won in May and June.