PHILADELPHIA - Brett Lawrie is considered day-to-day with tightness in his right hamstring, an appropriate prognosis given that it's the daily grind of baseball that's forcing him to take a seat.
The hamstring can't heal if Lawrie's placing athletic demands on it every day.
"It's the same as it has been," said Lawrie. "I've been playing with this the past road trip since Kansas City and whatnot. I need to give it a little bit of time; I need to give it a couple of days. I tried to play with it and I can play with it, it's just that I'm not playing the way I would like to play."
His leg didn't give out on him. Lawrie saw a doctor at Citizens Bank Park after leaving Monday's 3-0 win over the Phillies in the fourth inning. The hamstring needs a couple of days to, as Lawrie put it, "settle down."
"We only have one off day this May and that's tough just to continuously go day after day after day on something like a hamstring," he said. "There's no recovery time so I need some recovery time to allow it to get better. I'd rather take a couple of days rather than do something really terrible and take myself out for a month and a half because obviously hamstrings are just nothing to mess around with."
Lawrie has a history of muscle-related injuries, most notably his oblique problems which cost him time in each of the last two seasons. He sat out the second game of last week's series in Kansas City with tightness in his back and often times, after games, he's essentially mummified in elastic bandages holding down ice on various parts of his body.
I've hit a point where I can't keep doing this every single day," said Lawrie. "In every game that I've played in the last little bit it has been little things that have just grabbed on me and almost resets it a little bit and just kind of says this is how it's going to be, it's not better yet. That just says to me, as much as it sucks and I can play, I just can't do it the way that I want to … so I'd rather take a couple of days rather than do something really bad."
Lawrie went 0-2 on Monday before leaving the game. He had been heating up offensively after a slow start, having had a seven-game hitting streak snapped and with multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 11 games.
NAVARRO NEARING RETURN
Dioner Navarro pinch hit in Sunday's game against the Pirates and singled. To say he moved gingerly toward first base is an understatement.
Navarro was being careful with his sore right quadriceps muscle. Don't read anything into the visual.
"Probably if I hit a groundball somewhere I would have gone a little bit faster but I knew I wasn't going to get to second so might as well take an extra day, it felt like I didn't do anything (Sunday)," said Navarro. "It wasn't that bad. I know it looked bad on TV but it wasn't that bad. I knew the ball was over the third baseman's head, the run scored, the guy was going to get to third."
Navarro left Thursday night's game in the eighth inning after aggravating his quad running the bases. He's had hamstring problems in the past but never an issue with his quads.
"We did a whole bunch of stuff, squat stuff, mobility stuff, side-to-side stuff, backward, forward, it felt great," he said. The biggest test is when we go out there and start running and see how it feels."
Navarro didn't rule out a return on Wednesday, when the Blue Jays play host to the Phillies.
LIND GETTING CLOSE
Adam Lind, rehabbing a sore back, went 3-5 with two doubles and two runs scored for Single-A Dunedin on Monday.
Lind, who went on the disabled list on April 16, could be back as soon as Wednesday night's game against the Phillies in Toronto.
JANSSEN TOSSES SCORELESS FRAME
Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless inning, allowing two hits, in Double-A New Hampshire's Monday night game against Binghamton.
It marked Janssen's first appearance in his second attempt at a rehabilitation assignment coming off a strained left oblique.
Janssen's return isn't imminent. He'll pitch in back to back games later this week and the plan, at the moment, is for Janssen to take as much time as he needs.
Remember, not only has Janssen been mostly down since suffering the oblique injury at the end of March, stiffness in the back of his shoulder limited Janssen to just three spring training appearances. He hasn't thrown much and is still in the process of regaining strength in his pitching arm.