Travis has surgery, likely to be healthy by spring

Travis has surgery, likely to be healthy by spring

TORONTO -- Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis had successful surgery to drain a cyst in his left shoulder on Wednesday afternoon, and he remains on track to make a full recovery for Spring Training.

Travis initially went under the knife for exploratory surgery because the Blue Jays weren't exactly sure what was wrong with his shoulder. He had been out since the end of July with a left shoulder strain, but the condition never improved, and eventually Travis was ruled out for the season.

Travis' leaping catch

That prompted Wednesday's surgical procedure, as doctors wanted to see if there was something wrong with the shoulder that did not show up on MRIs or X-rays. Travis received a general cleanup of the area and also had the cyst drained to relieve tension.

Travis finished his rookie year with a .304 average, a .361 on-base percentage and an .859 on-base plus slugging percentage in 62 games. He picked up American League Rookie of the Month honors for April, but for the rest of this season, the second-base job belongs to either Ryan Goins or Cliff Pennington, depending on the health of injured shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

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.