Latos and Lawrence get Jays call for Angels series

Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence will get the call from Triple-A Buffalo in place of injured starters Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ for the Blue Jays’ road series against the Los Angeles Angels, starting Friday.Sanchez (blister) and Happ (elbow inflammation) are on the 10-day disabled list and not eligible to return until at least Wednesday and Thursday, respectively — when the Jays will be in St. Louis.Latos signed a minor-league deal in February and pitched for the Jays in Grapefruit League action. He was cut late in the spring and could have looked elsewhere for major-league work, but chose to accept a demotion to Buffalo and wait for another shot with the Jays. He’ll start Friday against the Angels and maybe against the Cardinals, depending on Happ’s recovery. The 29-year-old right-hander has started 186 big-league games since 2009. Lawrence, on the other hand, made his major-league debut this month — with two rocky innings of relief, allowing three runs on three hits and five walks. Jays manager John Gibbons said the numbers didn’t tell the whole story.“He looked like he belonged,” Gibbons said of Lawrence’s debut.Article Continued BelowESTRADA PUZZLED: There are a host of reasons why Toronto has lost 12 of 15 to open the season — weak offence, spotty pitching, injuries to key players. But Wednesday’s starter, Marco Estrada, is still scratching his head. “It would be understandable if we were on a different team with different names on that team, but you look at the names we have here and you start thinking, ‘How is this happening with a lineup like that and a staff like what we have, a good bullpen and everything?’ ”Estrada did his part in Thursday’s series finale against the Red Sox: six innings of three-hit shutout, while striking out seven.