TORONTO -- It's been a season of adjustments and catching up for Brett Lawrie, but finally there seems to be consistent production.
The Blue Jays third baseman entered Saturday in the midst of a career-best 11-game hitting streak, during which he's hit .400 with two home runs, six RBIs, and a 1.117 OPS. Of his 16 hits, six have been for extra bases.
"I feel good," Lawrie said after going 0-for-3 with a run in Saturday's 5-4 win over the A's. "I have the same approach, going up there with a clear mind, obviously a plan, and just trusting in that plan, and just trying to execute."
Since returning from the disabled list nearly a month ago, the 23-year-old has seen his batting average climb nearly 40 points to a season-high of .240 entering Saturday.
Manager John Gibbons and veteran infielder Mark DeRosa are among those who've commented on the difference they've seen recently at the plate from the third-year player.
"He looks good and he's getting the results," Gibbons said. "Everyone knows what kind of talent he is. He can do everything really. He has a chance to be really, really good."
Lawrie said the biggest difference has been seeing the ball better, but he admits that a fresh mindset and approach has also been a key to his success.
"It's all about trying to find a groove, trying to get into that good head space, and that right mindset, and just keep plugging away," Lawrie said.
His approach at the plate has largely been influenced by Edwin Encarnacion, who watches video of the day's starting pitcher with Lawrie prior to every game.
"[I] like to hear what he has to say about it, what his approach is going to be, and just apply what I hear," Lawrie said. "[He helps] my mindset before the game. Just things that are going on during the game that Eddy sees. Eddy is hitting .280 with 30 bombs, so obviously he's doing something right. So I figure it's to my advantage to obviously pick his brain a little bit and ask what he's got on the starter. See what his approach is going to be and try and link that up with mine."
"Obviously his approach is a little different, because he is who he is, but I think the mentality is the same."
Arencibia back after missing three games
TORONTO -- J.P. Arencibia returned to the Blue Jays' lineup for the first time since dealing with bursitis in his right knee.
Arencibia hit ninth and took his usual position behind the plate for the club's second of a four-game set against the Athletics on Saturday. He went 0-for-3 in Toronto's 5-4 win.
"Good enough to play," manager John Gibbons said. "It goes with the territory. They get beat up back there."
The 27-year-old catcher hadn't started in four games while nursing the injury, and it was feared he might be forced to go on the 15-day disabled list.
Arencibia had been dealing with the injury for a good portion of the season, with rest being the only prescription.
"The only thing for that to go away is rest. Obviously I don't have time for that," Arencibia said. "It was really tough for me the other day to [not play]. But when I know I can't even go down to block the ball, I knew I was hurting, not only myself, but the team.
"Catching every day I think makes it tougher. Not that I don't want to play anymore. I want to still play every day, and be out there as much as I can. I just know that's something I have to deal with the rest of the season."
With the injury likely to be a nagging issue the remainder of the season, it's possible Josh Thole could see more starts behind the plate.
Thole caught all four games during Arencibia's absence. However, Gibbons said it was too early to discuss the amount of time sharing that may be relied upon for the remainder of the season.
"We have no way of knowing," Gibbons said. "We'll see how he feels today and go from there."
Reliever Perez to DL, Storey activated
TORONTO -- With Juan Perez's injury during Friday night's 14-6 loss to the Athletics, the Blue Jays were forced to make a series of moves before Saturday's game.
Perez was placed on the 60-day disabled list, and the Blue Jays recalled right-hander Mickey Storey to take his place on the 25-man roster. Toronto also returned Drew Hutchinson from his medical rehab assignment, activated him from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.
According to the team, Perez tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Once the swelling goes down, he'll head to Florida to be examined further. In all likelihood, he'll need to undergo Tommy John surgery and will be out for at least 12 months.
Storey, who will be making his second stint with the club, will directly replace Perez as the club's long man out of the bullpen.
"He can fit that role that we need," manager John Gibbons said. "A guy that can pitch some innings -- two, three, four maybe.
"[He's] kind of the long guy. We can use him in different roles, but hopefully we don't get to that point. If we do, he can throw multiple innings for us."
Storey's first stint with the club wasn't spectacular, allowing three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings for a 7.36 ERA. However, his numbers in Buffalo have been impressive. The right-hander has a 2.79 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings, with a 0.93 WHIP.
Bautista honours young accident victim
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista dedicated Friday night's game against the A's to the memory of Derek Lendosky after the nine-year-old recently died after a tragic accident in Wisconsin.
Lendosky was killed in a UTV crash near Madison, Wis., earlier in the week. Bautista received a tweet from the young boy's father, who said his son was going to be buried on Friday night and would be wearing a Bautista jersey along with a ball he previously received from Toronto's right fielder.
@JoeyBats19 you were his favorite player. He would have wanted me to share this with you.- Steve Lendosky (@iamlongball) August 7, 2013
That prompted an outpouring of support on Twitter along with a Facebook page "ActsofkindnessforDerek," and Bautista was quick to respond before taking the field for the series opener against Oakland.
"Teammate of the day is Derek Lendosky," Bautista tweeted. "RIP Derek, may your family find strength. #JoseBautistaGameForDerek."
Bautista, who went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 5-4 win, ensured that his game on Friday would provide a lasting memory to the family, as he went 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles.
Thanks @JoeyBats19 . I couldn't ask for a better ending to a very difficult day. Derek thanks you. You made a community smile tonight.- Steve Lendosky (@iamlongball) August 10, 2013
The public act of kindness also brought even more awareness to Lendosky's tragic passing. The Facebook page in his memory had received more than 6,500 likes by Saturday morning and Lendosky's father was truly appreciative of what Bautista decided to do.
"He would be on cloud 9," Steve Lendosky tweeted. "I am sure he is looking down on us smiling. You are too kind, what a wonderful gesture. Thank you."
• Prior to Saturday's game, DeRosa was named the winner of the Heart and Hustle Award as decided by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game.
Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @EvanPeaslee. Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.