Devon Travis shut-down during rehab assignment


Just when it appeared that the Toronto Blue Jays were going to be at full strength in the coming week, someone had to go and mess it up. In this case, the bad news comes from the Devon Travis camp, as the rookie second baseman has been shut down for a week according to John Lott of the National Post.

Travis, who has been out since May 16th with shoulder inflammation, had been on rehab assignment with the Buffalo Bisons, but appeared in one Triple-A game on May 29th, going 0 for 4 while DHing. The plan had been for Travis to appear in all three weekend games for the Bisons, then return to the Blue Jays when first eligible on June 1st.

Unfortunately, those plans appear to have changed. After experiencing more soreness in the shoulder, the second baseman has been shut down and he will head to the team’s spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida, where the team will evaluate the latest setback and determine a new course of action.

Devon Travis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation on May 22nd, but the move was made retroactive to May 17th, the day after the second baseman last played for the Blue Jays. The injury is believed to have occurred on April 30th versus the Cleveland Indians, when Travis took a hard grounder off the chest. Initially, the Blue Jays were worried that Travis had a cracked collarbone. After tests cleared that diagnosis, Travis returned to the line-up for a brief time before it became clear the shoulder was too difficult to play through.

Now, it appears that Toronto is using the proper caution with their prized rookie and he will be given the time to heal as needed. Additionally, Toronto was forced to put Steve Tolleson on the disabled list on Saturday with a groin injury and fellow infielder Maicer Izturis, who is on the 60-day DL and currently on rehab assignment in Dunedin, suffered his own setback on Saturday, feeling a pop in his right shoulder while diving for a ball according to John Lott.

All that adds up to a healthy dose of Ryan Goins at second base, in what is fast becoming a very thin position for the Blue Jays in 2015 (and 2014, and 2013…). Alas, one more hurdle to make the season a long and arduous one.

Hurry back Devon, but be healthy!

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