Photos of the former White Sox second baseman.
The White Sox have requested waivers for the unconditional release of infielder Brett Lawrie, the team announced Friday.
Lawrie’s departure comes after an injury-riddled year with the club since he joined the Sox via trade with the Athletics in December 2015.
Lawrie, 27, hit .248 with 22 doubles, 12 home runs and 36 RBIs in 94 games last season, but he didn’t play in a game after July 21. He struggled to recover from a left leg injury that the Sox first said was a hamstring problem and then said was a knee issue.
Upon returning to the Sox on a one-year, $3.5 million deal, Lawrie said this spring that he believed the problems stemmed from his use of shoe orthotics. He said he figured out the problem last fall and was still trying to get his body back on track.
“It was the worst time of my life to be honest with you,” Lawrie said at the beginning of camp. “Moving forward from here, it’s about getting back to my flat feet and stabilizing that.”
Lawrie worked out with the Sox early in camp but he then was sidelined with what the Sox called lower-body muscular discomfort. He didn’t play in a Cactus League game this spring.
The Sox have infielders Tyler Saladino and Yolmer Sanchez who can play at second base this season while they wait for top prospect Yoan Moncada to be ready for the major-league level.
Sox manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that he was comfortable with the second-base mix even while Lawrie was injured.
“I’m not too concerned about it, to be honest,” Renteria said. “It’s a situation where we do have coverage.”
The Sox traded left-hander Zachary Erwin and right-hander J.B. Wendelken to the A’s at the 2015 winter meetings to acquire Lawrie. The A’s had acquired Lawrie from the Blue Jays in the Josh Donaldson trade in 2014.
The Sox 40-man roster is now at 38, and 59 players remain in camp.
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