The Toronto Blue Jays will hold their collective breaths today as both Josh Donaldson and Devon Travis test their respective injuries during live game action during a minor league contest in Clearwater.
The Blue Jays contingent will both see live at-bats but neither player will hit the field defensively as the team is cautiously optimistic about their approach. Josh Donaldson is seemingly closer to full health than that of Devon Travis.
Travis is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and a nagging bone bruise that refuses to cooperate. The second baseman is a vital cog in the Jays offence at the top of the order but has been snakebitten with injuries since joining the Blue Jays.
It appears that Travis may miss the first few weeks of regular season action but no definitive timetable has been established and a positive result today could go a long way in the recovery process.
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The former MVP Josh Donaldson, on the other hand, tweaked his calf early in camp but the prognosis seems positive as the slugger has been taking regular batting practice and suiting up with the team for on-field drills of late.
The Jays medical staff have not been taking any chances with Donaldson and want to ensure he is in MVP form when the season kicks off on April 03rd versus their division rivals in Baltimore.
The Jays regulars have survived spring training unscathed for the most part other than the recent injuries to pitchers T.J. House and Rule 5 pickup Glenn Sparkman who were both vying for roster spots. Hopefully, John Gibbons squad can survive the second half of spring training and head north with both Donaldson and Travis in tow ready for game action.
The health of both players is a necessity if Canada’s team are going to once again be contenders in the battle tested American League East in 2017. Fingers crossed in Blue Jays land today.