The fallout from the Toronto Blue Jays’ benches-clearing altercation with the New York Yankees on Monday night could see multiple players forced out of the lineup.
Earlier this morning, Jon Morosi reported that second-baseman Devon Travis injured his left shoulder. This is particularly important because that is the shoulder Travis had surgically repaired over the offseason. Video of the incident shows Travis bouncing between teammates and Yankees in the middle of the scrum as the two sides came together.
Another injury worry for the Blue Jays is relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit, who limped off the field while putting very little weight on his left leg and needed help from a teammate as he entered the dugout.
Losing Benoit for any stretch of time would be a significant hit to the Blue Jays bullpen, especially considering that Jason Grilli, who blew a save and took the loss on Monday night, would be next in line for late-inning, right-handed opportunities.
Benoit has allowed just one earned run in 25 outings since joining the Blue Jays in a trade for Drew Storen. If Benoit does miss time, expect Brett Cecil to also be given a bigger share of high-leverage innings.
Beyond the injuries, Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro told Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi this morning that suspensions could also be coming down.
***UPDATE – 4:30 p.m. ET
Benoit has suffered a torn left calf muscle and does not have a timetable for a return.
The leading candidates for suspension among the Blue Jays players would likely be J.A. Happ or Justin Smoak, while Russell Martin was among the most involved once the teams came together in front of home plate.
Herein lies the frustration of last night’s events for the Blue Jays, as the Yankees playoff chances will not be impacted by any suspensions or injuries. Toronto’s, of course, could take a hit with nothing gained in return.