The latest Toronto Blue Jays injury news and notes with updates on Devon Travis, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and Elvis Luciano.
Travis Done For Season
In what should be no real surprise to anyone, second baseman Devon Travis has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 campaign. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo announced that Travis will not return from a meniscus tear in his left knee before season’s end.
The 28-year old has missed the entire year after being sidelined in March with the injury. His future with the club is up in the air as Travis could be a non-tender candidate after earning $1.925 million this season.
Travis has been snakebitten with chronic knee issues, however, now his spot on the field is occupied by Cavan Biggio making it more likely the Blue Jays will cut ties with him this offseason.
Gurriel Set For Rehab Assignment
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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is set for rehab games by early next week as the outfielder recovers from a left quad strain. The 25-year old who is hitting .279 with 19 homers in 79 games this season should be ready to return to the big club by early September.
Gurriel has cemented himself as the everyday left fielder moving forward following some trying times in the infield earlier this season.
Luciano Aiming For September Return
Rule 5 selection Elvis Luciano has been on the injured list since June 13th with an elbow sprain, however, the 19-year old should return by mid-September.
Luciano will have to pitch again this season in order to remain on the Blue Jays roster as per the Rule 5 stipulations. The rookie has looked overmatched for much of the season sporting a 6.51 earned run average in 20 games although he has struck out 22 batters in 27.2 innings of work.
The Jays will be afforded the opportunity to option him to the minors to begin the 2020 season where he can continue progressing versus an appropriate competition level.