Toronto Blue Jays 2B, Devon Travis is the team’s latest player to hit the DL as he has a right knee bone bruise
The Toronto Blue Jays DL train keeps on rolling. Devon Travis is the latest ticket buyer. If you had heard the news about Travis hitting the 10 day DL, you likely would have thought it that it was because of being hit by a pitch by Luis Severino. The x-rays were negative on Travis, but it would be logical to assume that it would still result in some time off.
However, it is the knee that has returned to put Travis on the shelf:
According to #BlueJays, Travis has a right knee bone bruise with cartilage injury. 10-day DL but he needs to undergo further testing.
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) June 6, 2017
For now, it will be a 10 day stint for Travis, but as we all know 10 days turn into longer stays sometimes. Just ask Steve Pearce. Until we know more about his “further testing” we’ll have to go with a possible return of the White Sox series in the middle of this month at the earliest.
You might recall that this was the same knee injury that shelved Travis last season and removed him from the playoffs last year. It appeared that his knee was fine as he was ready to go to start this season. His April was definitely one to forget, but he managed to turn things around in May as he went on an absolute tear and was a major reason the club got on a roll.
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With a trip to the disabled list in each of his first three seasons with the Blue Jays, some might be starting to wonder if the ‘injury prone’ label will start to apply to Travis. While his shoulder issue from a while back was a freak thing that no one saw coming, the nagging knee issue is starting to look like something that keeps occurring. It might be a bit premature to come up with a definitive stance on this, but you can bet some will jump to that.
For now, the Blue Jays will be without the major league leader in doubles. He was starting to show himself to be the hitter that everyone knew he would be and the club rode him to a surge in the division. Obviously, we can’t say that he single handedly carried the team as there were key contributions from guys like Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak.
And, with Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki returning, we got a brief glimpse of what the Blue Jays full offense would look like. Now, once again, the club will have to plug an offensive hole with the likes of Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney, who have chipped in at times. But, time will tell whether extended playing time for supporting players will be enough to continue the team’s recent success.
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