After a baseball struck Devon Travis in the left shoulder in the April 20th game against the Cleveland Indians, Travis hasn’t played in a game since.
By Peter Elliott – Lead MLB and NFL Writer – @redsoxforever42
The 24-year-old won the Blue Jays Second Base job out of Spring Training, and played well with the club, boasting a good bat with a .271/.336/.504 slash line, and played some nice defense.
Now the Blue Jays have assigned him to a rehab assignment with Triple-AAA Buffalo.
Travis played his first game Friday night, going 0-for-4 at the plate in the leadoff spot as the team’s DH in a 2-1 loss to the Rochester Red Wings.
Travis commented on his return saying:
I feel great. Obviously no hits didn’t really help the team today but it felt great to be back out here. The shoulder felt great. I felt like a baseball player today.
Travis hasn’t gotten a chance to play second base yet, and he expressed his feelings about his spot on the team saying:
DH is tough, man. It’s kinda hard to sit there and stay locked in the whole time. I’m really looking forward to getting out to second base.
Travis played last year with the Detroit Tigers in Double-AA Erie, and was traded to the Jays for Outfielder Anthony Gose.
The silver lining of this is that Travis played well and injury-free.
Travis is expected to return to the Blue Jays Monday and take over for Steve Tolleson and Ryan Goins who filled in for him during his absence.
All stats are via Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference and are accurate as of May 30th.
Peter Elliott writes for Talking Baws and Sports Rants.