Travis' DL stint likely to be longer than expected

Travis' DL stint likely to be longer than expected

NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays still don't know when Devon Travis will be activated from the 15-day disabled list, but a return at some point next week has been all but officially ruled out.

Toronto manager John Gibbons admitted on Saturday morning that Travis' rehab from a strained left shoulder has not gone as smoothly as originally anticipated. He's felt continued discomfort in the area, and it's not immediately clear when Travis will be able to begin a rehab assignment.

The 24-year-old is technically eligible to come off the DL on Thursday. While that was the original plan, it's not going to happen quite that fast.

"I guess it's just a lot like the first [time on the DL]," said Gibbons. "We didn't think it was going to take that long, but it did."

Travis has been out since July 29, when he aggravated the injury he originally sustained in late April. The rookie second baseman initially played through the pain, but had to step aside in early May when the discomfort never went away.

His first DL stint was expected to take the minimum 15 days, but the injury ended up taking almost six weeks to heal. A similar timeframe this time around would have Travis out until the middle of September. But the Blue Jays are still hoping that won't be the case.

Travis is hitting .304 with eight home runs, 35 RBIs and an .859 OPS in 62 games this season. Ryan Goins will continue to fill in at second base during Travis' absence, while Munenori Kawasaki handles the role of utility infielder.

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.