FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie could be ready for game action as soon as Thursday, but manager John Farrell was noncommittal Tuesday night.
Lawrie is recovering from a strained left groin he suffered on Friday against the Rays.
"[Thursday is] possible, but it's not a given," Farrell said after the Blue Jays' 9-2 road win over the Red Sox. "The main thing [is], we're going to make sure that everything is completely out of there and that we put him through any kind of appropriate tests so it's not restricting him in any way."
Lawrie took batting practice and 25 ground balls Tuesday morning at the Blue Jay's Spring Training complex in Dunedin, Fla.
"[He] had no restrictions swinging the bat," Farrell said. "Tomorrow, he'll do some agility work back at the complex and we'll monitor it day to day."
Competition brings out best in Snider, Thames
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Travis Snider and Eric Thames had two hits apiece in the Blue Jays' 9-2 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night, keeping in stride with each other in the competition for Toronto's starting left field job.
Snider, batting seventh as the designated hitter, went 2-for-5 with a two-run bases-loaded double in the second inning, and Thames went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks as the cleanup hitter and left fielder. Snider also had a stolen base.
"Tonight, when they go [head to head] and they're seeing one another in the same lineup, they're responding to the challenge," manager John Farrell said. "I thought Eric really had some really good at-bats tonight, worked out a couple of walks, a couple of hard-hit balls. Snider's got the ability to steal some bases when he gets on."
Snider, who has been considered the underdog, is hitting .324 in the Grapefruit League season, while Thames is carrying a .353 average. Snider's first-pitch double opened the scoring for Toronto against hard-throwing Red Sox right-hander Daniel Bard.
Snider slashed a fastball to left that read 96 mph on NESN's telecast of the game.
"I don't think I was making bad pitches -- even the ball Snider hit," Bard said. "It's a pretty decent fastball away that, in my opinion, he's a little bit late on, but gets the barrel to it and shoots it down the line. I can't really get too mad at myself over that pitch."