TORONTO -- Devon Travis was not in the lineup for the Blue Jays' 7-6 walk-off win in 10 innings over the Rangers on Sunday because of a bone bruise in his right knee, but Toronto's victory in the American League Division Series buys the second baseman some time to heal so he can return this postseason.
Had the ALDS gone to Game 4, Travis may have been removed from the ALDS roster, which would have made him ineligible for the AL Championship Series.
The Blue Jays will play Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday night in Boston or Cleveland (time TBD), so the club has time to figure out Travis' status.
The ALCS will be broadcast on TBS, as well as Sportsnet and RDS (in French) in Canada.
"He's doing all of his treatment and they'll look at it," manager John Gibbons said before Game 3. "Now if [his status] changes, we'll probably have to flip him out, because we can't remain short-handed. But he feels better today, so as of right now, he's still active."
Gibbons said Travis was available to come off the bench in Game 3, but he cautioned that would only happen in an emergency situation. That didn't happen.
It's not clear when Travis sustained the injury, but it also kept him out of Game 2. Darwin Barney started in his place both games.
Travis missed the first six weeks of the year following offseason shoulder surgery. He also sat out a couple of games in September with soreness in the same area, but the bone bruise is a new development. Travis was officially diagnosed with it on Saturday after undergoing an MRI.
Ryan Goins is the obvious candidate to replace Travis on the roster if a move becomes necessary. Goins, who hit .186 with a .228 on-base percentage in 77 games this season, likely would come off the bench behind Barney. Left fielder Ezequiel Carrera also seems firmly entrenched in the leadoff spot during Travis' absence.
"Hopefully it doesn't drag out much longer, that's for sure," Gibbons said. "We shall see."
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. 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.