Blue Jays: Have we seen the last of Devon Travis?
The Toronto Blue Jays have announced that Devon Travis will once again be sidelined following another surgery on the second baseman’s knee, have we seen the last of Travis in a Blue Jays uniform?
Devon Travis may be the most snakebitten ballplayer in all the majors after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a small meniscus tear in his left knee. The storyline has the makings for another unfortunate season for Travis derailed by knee injuries.
With the plethora of infielders on the roster and waiting in the wings, you have to seriously consider if Travis will ever suit up for the Blue Jays again following this latest hiccup. The second baseman managed a healthy campaign in 2018, however, offensively he was a shell of his former self and did not impress with the stick last season.
According to the Blue Jays statistic guru Scott Carson, Travis has missed 249 man games to injury since 2015. A staggering number when you really sit and think about it.
In 2018, Travis was demoted to the minors after a brutal start to the campaign, he managed to salvage the season once recalled but still only hit .232/./275/.381 with 11 homers in 103 games. Last season Travis stroked only 14 doubles in 378 plate appearances, a far cry from the 18 doubles he connected for the previous season in only 197 plate appearances before being injured.
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Travis desperately needed a robust spring training to reassert his presence in the Jays infield picture. Now it appears, the promising Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will take over the everyday responsibilities at second base while Freddy Galvis works his magic at shortstop.
The 28-year old is a breath of fresh air and seems like a legit nice guy but unfortunately, baseball is a business and it may be time to cut bait with Travis moving forward. This possibility will be exemplified if Gurriel runs away with it offensively during his absence.
Here is hoping for a speedy recovery and that Travis can right the ship regardless of what colour uniform he is wearing when the next opportunity presents itself.