MRI reveals no damage, but Blue Jays rookie may still return to DL; Bautista OK after cramp
By Jamie Ross
TORONTO -- Devon Travis could be looking at a disabled list stint after he exited the Blue Jays' 3-2 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday with left shoulder irritation.
The injury kept the rookie second baseman out of the lineup for Wednesday's finale at Rogers Centre as the club wrapped a two-game set. While he's considered day to day for now, Travis isn't overly optimistic about a swift return.
"I'm not really a negative person with anything, but I mean, it's obviously a little scary," Travis said. "We've got 60 games to go, and I'm hurting again."
There are concerns that Travis is dealing with something similar to the shoulder strain that kept him out of the lineup for almost six weeks in May. He said the pain he's experiencing now is "pretty similar" to that earlier injury, which he tried to play through for more than two weeks before he went on the DL.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said MRI results on Travis' shoulder didn't reveal any significant damage, but he acknowledged that if the injury is the same as before, it might be necessary to sit his young infielder in order to have him heal quicker.
"I don't think it's something you can drag out," Gibbons said. "We need him playing full strength. If we decide it would be better to try and knock it out, instead of playing through it, where he's not at his best and it affects his full game, it would probably be smart to DL him."
Following a trade that saw leadoff man Jose Reyes shipped to the Rockies, Travis had just slotted into his newly minted role at the top of the Blue Jays' order -- smashing a leadoff homer -- when he exited Tuesday's game in his second at-bat.
He said he's willing to play through an injury, and he hopes the treatments he's receiving will yield quick progress.
"They're basically throwing the kitchen sink at my shoulder, trying to get it right," said Travis, who's hitting .304 with eight homers, 35 RBIs, and an .859 OPS.
Time on the shelf for Travis would mean Ryan Goins would likely take over duties at second base. Goins can flash the leather, but his performance at the plate leaves a lot to be desired. He's hitting .221 with two homers and 25 RBIs.
• Jose Bautista was back in the lineup Wednesday after exiting Tuesday's game late with a leg cramp. He was served as the designated hitter as a precaution, according to Gibbons.
• Edwin Encarnacion was a late scratch from Wednesday's game. The Blue Jays slugger jammed his left middle finger at some point during Tuesday's contest. Precautionary X-rays on the finger were negative.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.