The Cincinnati Reds were in the middle of destroying Team Canada in an exhibition game in Goodyear, Arizona when the Toronto Blue Jays' and Canada's third baseman Brett Lawrie was unexpectedly pinch hit for by Taylor Green in the top of the third inning. I was listening to the Reds' broadcast of the game, and it actually took three pitches into Green's at bat before the commentators realized that it wasn't Lawrie batting. Having struck out in his first at bat, I was a bit worried that something was wrong, but thought that perhaps the early drubbing had meant that Lawrie could leave early and go enjoy the nightlife in Goodyear.

Minor Leaguer @Minor_Leaguer

I hope that Lawrie was taken out because of garbage time and not because of any injuries.

Fortunately, a Team Canada propagandist came out to report that everything was alright about ten minutes later:

Barry Davis @SNBarryDavis

Team Canada media relations telling us Lawrie is fine. Just subsituted, likely due to the blowout.

Unfortunately it was a lie--or misreporting--because when Shi Davidi spoke with Canadian manager Ernie Whitt after the game, the story was a little different. Whitt said that Lawrie had felt a "twinge" and it is a "wait-and-see" situation right now with regards to his ability to play in Friday afternoon's opener against Team Italia.