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Brett Lawrie: Rib Issue

Update: Lawrie was officially diagnosed with a strained rib muscle and left intercostal muscle, and he will miss at least the first two rounds of the World Baseball Classic, Shi Davidi of SportsNet reports.

Recommendation: Lawrie did not suffer any injury to the oblique that caused him to miss about two months last season. There still is no targeted return date, but as of now, it will be at least be a couple weeks. Emilio Bonifacio would be a candidate to fill in at third base if needed as the season approaches.

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