Blue Jays expect Travis back in action soon

Blue Jays expect Travis back in action soon

NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays expect to have second baseman Devon Travis back in the lineup at some point within the next week.

Travis has been out since May 16 with inflammation in his left shoulder. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A New Hampshire on Monday night and went 0-for-3 with one RBI and a strikeout.

The fact that Travis went almost a month without playing means that he'll need a little longer of a rehab stint than normal to make sure that he's back into top form before rejoining the big league club.

"He felt pretty good but he has been out a while now, so he's going to need some games," manager John Gibbons said. "Maybe some time this weekend or the beginning of next week, I would think."

Travis was one of the bright spots when the Blue Jays were struggling in April. He picked up American League Rookie of the Month honors, and even though his production dipped in May, he was still hitting .271 with an .839 OPS in 36 games at the time of his departure.

His return will make an already potent lineup even deeper. Ryan Goins has been filling in, but he'll likely return to a utility role once Travis is back on the field. Goins is known more for his glove than his bat, but he did have three consecutive multihit games during a recent series in Boston.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.