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Robin Ventura: Brett Lawrie ‘a long shot' to play again for White Sox this season


Don’t expect Brett Lawrie to return this season.

Manager Robin Ventura considered it a “long shot” that the White Sox second baseman plays again in 2016.

“He hasn't been playing. At this point, he would have to find some way to get some reps to be able to get back in there and get the timing of everything again. So, it's becoming more of a long shot at this point."

Lawrie is still in Arizona rehabbing a hamstring injury, according to Ventura. He has been on the disabled list since July 22.

"He had come in at one point and just said he was feeling a click behind his knee, and he just came over and said, 'I can't do this,' because he couldn't bend it and then he couldn't straighten it out," Ventura said. "Usually, that's just a meniscus or something getting underneath the kneecap or getting in the knee, that gets caught, and he couldn't straighten it or bend it. So, then he went out and it became more ... They tried to make sure it wasn't his hip, and we're still trying to figure that out."

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Lawrie went on a rehab assignment last month but was pulled in two of the six games he played in. He went 5-for-16.

In 94 games this season, Lawrie is batting .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI.

Lawrie's absence has given Tyler Saladino more playing time, and he's capitalizing.

"When somebody doesn't play, it opens it up for somebody else, and [Saladino's] really been the beneficiary of that, of being able to get some regular time," Ventura said. "Regular time at a position as well, and I think he's taken advantage of it."

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