The Blue Jays top prospect went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored in his third game back at Triple-A as the Las Vegas 51s outslugged the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 10-5.
Lawrie returned to the Pacific Coast League on Tuesday but went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts as the 51s were swept in a doubleheader. On Wednesday, he hit into a fielder's choice and scored in the first inning, then singled in a run in the second and delivered an RBI double in the fourth.
"Yesterday, we tweaked a little bit to get back to my old ways," said Lawrie, who also singled and walked. "I didn't feel like I was getting squared up, and it's one of those things where I had to get back to square one."
The former first-round pick appeared to be on the verge of a promotion to the big leagues when he was hit by a pitch on May 31 against Tucson and broke a bone in his left hand. He was sidelined for six weeks.
"It was one of those things that was frustrating for me," Lawrie said. "I was at a point in my career where I had the opportunity to go to the next level, which is my dream, and it crushed me. It's a bump in the road that's going to make me stronger. Now I'm back and, hopefully, I can get on track and go to The Show."
Lawrie rehabbed last week with Class A Advanced Dunedin, where he went 1-for-8 with an RBI in four games. Blue Jays manager John Farrell cautioned that after being out of action for a while, it may take some time for Lawrie to regain his form.
"Physically fine, timing-wise he is clearly trying to get back to his timing," Farrell told MLB.com. "A lot of swing and miss. I'm sure he's anxious about getting back with Las Vegas, getting back with the flow of things.
"But I think the most important thing for him to understand, and for all of us to understand, is that there is no specific date and that he just goes and plays."
Despite struggling initially, Lawrie said his hand feels good and he doesn't think he's been pressing at the plate.
"It's one of those things when you haven't played in a while and you're back in the game you feel like you haven't swung the bat in a year," he said. "I have to get my swings in, hit it up the middle and drive the ball."
Drafted 16th overall as a second baseman by the Brewers in 2008, Lawrie was traded last December to Toronto, which eased him over to the hot corner. While he's committed 12 errors in 53 games, it's his bat that has him on the brink of the Major Leagues.
The British Columbia native is batting .349 with 15 homers, 51 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Before the injury, he ranked among the PCL leaders with 39 extra-base hits. But he believes he still has to prove to the Blue Jays that he's ready for prime time.
"I think it's on me and how my progression goes," Lawrie said. "I just need to hit the ball hard and have some fun."
David Cooper added two hits and drove in two runs, while Jayson Nix went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs for the 51s.
Cole Garner slugged a three-run homer and Jordan Pacheco hit a solo shot for the Sky Sox.