August 5, 2014 11:45 am

Brett Lawrie returns from rehab stint

Toronto Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie reacts after he was hit by a pitch by Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Baltimore.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays will receive a huge boost in their key series against Baltimore with the return of third baseman Brett Lawrie to the lineup.

The team announced today that Lawrie has finished a rehabilitation assignment with class A Dunedin of the Florida State League and has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.

The 24-year-old appeared in three games with Dunedin batting .400 (4-for-10) while rehabbing from a fractured right index finger suffered on June 22 in Cincinnati.

In 69 games this season the right handed hitter is batting .244 with 12 home runs and 38 runs batted in.

He is known for his exceptional infield defence.

To make room on the roster, the Jays placed infielder Steve Tolleson on the paternity list.

Tolleson, 30, is batting .246 through 73 games this season with three home runs and 13 RBIs.

He will be inactive for a minimum of one day and a maximum of three.

The Jays kick off a three game series with Baltimore tonight at Rogers Centre. They enter tonight’s action four games back of the American league East-leading Orioles.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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