Just as the Blue Jays were on the path to playing good baseball and being healthy, they were dealt another blow to second baseman Devon Travis. Travis has become just the 18th player who has been placed on the DL.
The 26-year old will go for further testing on both the bruise and the injury. In the meantime, reliever Dominic Leone has since been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.
Travis has been out of the lineup since Sunday after he was hit by a pitch from Yankees pitcher Luis Severino. Though it wasn’t intentional, the Jays were very grateful to hear that his X-rays came back negative.
Since his debut with the Blue Jays in 2015, Travis has dealt with his share of injuries. His left shoulder kept him out for the remainder of the 2015 season, then he missed the remainder the 2016 postseason thanks to a bone bruise in his right knee which lead to offseason surgery.
That knee is what also kept him out for a majority of Spring Training earlier this year. However, he did not rush to come back right away from his recovery.
The blow to Travis means that the club’s utility players; Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney will have their turn at sharing second base in Travis’ absence. Goins and Barney are credited for filling the void for the Blue Jays when Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki had their lengthy stints on the the DL.
After hitting .173 in April, Travis was slashing a remarkable .352/.363/.611 with four home runs, 23 RBI, and 16 doubles last month. He has become one of the Jays more reliable hitters during that stretch. Overall, he’s hitting .291/.438/.729 with five home runs, 24 RBI, four stolen bases, and 18 doubles.
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Before the injury, it was a sure bet Travis was on his way to having a career season with the Blue Jays.
In regards to the numerous amount of injuries the Jays have encountered over the course of two months, one would hope that this could hopefully be the last player fans see get shelved on the DL for a while.