Brett Lawrie to start the season on the disabled list

Toronto Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie, right, congratulates J.P.

Toronto Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie, right, congratulates J.P. Arencibia on his two-run home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda during the second inning of a baseball game in Toronto. (May 16, 2012) (Credit: AP )

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie will start the regular season on the disabled list because of a strained rib.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced the news on Monday.

Lawrie felt discomfort in his left side during an exhibition game with Canada's World Baseball Classic team against the Cincinnati Reds on March 6.

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