Blue Jays Injury Notes: Devon Travis, Marco Estrada and Donaldson

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 11: Starting pitcher Marco Estrada
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 11: Starting pitcher Marco Estrada /

After being hit in the hand during Friday’s thriller in Cleveland, Devon Travis was sent for precautionary x-rays, which thankfully came back negative. In other news, Marco Estrada seems set to make his next scheduled start, according to the Blue Jays skipper.

Devon Travis’ X-rays come back negative

According to Sportsnet’s Arash Madani, x-rays on Devon Travis’ right hand came back negative after he was hit by a pitch in the top of the ninth in Friday’s game. Fortunately, Travis is okay and is scheduled to play second base and bat ninth in Saturday’s game.

Travis was obviously phased by the injury, hopping around the box and grimacing. The trainer did not come out, and he would be replaced in the bottom half of the inning by fellow infielder Gift Ngoepe. John Gibbons told reporters Saturday morning that Travis is feeling “A-okay”, further reassuring them, saying “I’m not lying”.

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Timetable for JD’s Return Uncertain

Gibbons also told reporters that he’s not completely sure when superstar third baseman Josh Donaldson will rejoin the lineup, saying that he “[hopes] it’s not too long”. While his shoulder issues were most evident when playing in the field, Gibby said that it started to affect his hitting as well.

Donaldson was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday ahead of the opening game in Cleveland. Teoscar Hernandez was called up to take his place on the roster. Hopefully, he rejoins the lineup soon and is able to fully recover from his nagging shoulder issues.

Estrada Good to Go for Next Start

After experiencing minor back issues during his last turn through the rotation, changeup artist Marco Estrada is scheduled to make his next start, according to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith. Estrada told Gibby that he’s “feeling better” since pitching in Baltimore against the Orioles.

So far this season, Estrada has pitched to a 4.24 ERA over 17.0 innings, making three starts and striking out 14 while walking seven. He’s showed good command overall but has been inconsistent so far this season. Given the  lack of starting pitching depth in the organization, it is nearly imperative that Estrada stays healthy down the stretch.

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