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Wheel Play: Brett Lawrie gets a look at second in minors, Jose Bautista shifts to third

Andy Behrens
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Bautista & Lawrie, soon to share the infield (USAT Images)

You guys, Brett Lawrie is playing second base for the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays right this minute, as I write this post. Check the box score if you don't believe me.

For those of us who have Lawrie stashed on fantasy DLs (and who have bums at second base), this is good news.

Lawrie is just beginning a minor league rehab assignment, recovering from a rib issue, and the organization has decided to give him a trial at second, seeking ways to keep the everyday lineup as potent as possible while Jose Reyes is out (ankle, three months). You can listen to Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos discuss the situation right here, in conversation with Jim Bowden.

This actually isn't the craziest idea, since Lawrie began his pro career at second, playing the position in the minors as recently as 2010. He'd need 10 appearances or five starts this season to gain position eligibility in Yahoo! leagues. It sounds like Sunday's defensive effort is going well enough, based on the early reports.

Jose Bautista started at third for Toronto on Saturday and Sunday, with Emilio Bonifacio and Rajai Davis playing right field. Bautista has decent chance to qualify at third for fantasy purposes very soon, in the week ahead — a nice bonus for Jose investors.

Of course if you're a Reyes owner, you probably don't care about any of this. Sorry. It's just a case where your misfortune created a silver lining for someone else. I'm trying to dial down the excitement, but it's hard.

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