Devon Travis missed the first 47 games of his sophomore season as he recovered from shoulder surgery, a hand injury in mid-August cost the second baseman a few more contests, and Travis even missed some playoff action due to a knee ailment. When healthy, he proved that his surprise production in 62 games the previous season was no fluke. While his production has been stellar thus far on a per-plate-appearance basis, Travis finds himself in what appears to be a golden era of offensive production at the keystone. Last year's .785 OPS would have ranked fourth among second basemen in 2014, but in 2016 it was only good for 16th at the position. Travis hit .309 from atop the batting order, but he needs to improve on his .323 OBP as the table-setter to lock down the leadoff spot. He still has to prove he can stay healthy for a full season. Travis is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training after undergoing knee surgery in November.
Travis (knee) will stay and work out in Florida, missing the upcoming weekend trip to Montreal because the team doesn't want the second baseman playing on the turf at Olympic Stadium, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports. After spending most of spring training rehabbing and strengthening his right knee, the Jays will play it safe with their leadoff man in the final weekend of Grapefruit League games. However, the club will have to expose Travis to the turf soon enough, as its home ballpark, the Rogers Centre, is one of only two remaining venues in MLB using artificial turf. The other is Tampa's Tropicana Field, where the Jays play their third regular-season game on April 6 versus the Rays. Placing Travis on the DL to open the year is still an option, but as of now, he's expected to be ready to take the field in the 2017 opener in Baltimore on April 3.
Travis (knee) is expected to avoid the disabled list and be ready to play on Opening Day, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. It was only a couple of weeks ago that Travis was expected to start the campaign on the DL, so his potential availability on Opening Day is a major development. "He cleared a big hurdle," Jays manager John Gibbons said on Sunday morning. "I was impressed watching him. He has played a couple of games in a row now and he's played a couple of games in the field. There's nothing definite yet, but it certainly looks like [he'll be ready]." Gibbons may not have fully committed to the plan, but it's unlikely the 26-year-old will miss Opening Day unless he suffers an unexpected setback in the coming days. Travis, a career .301 hitter with a .342 on-base percentage, will be the team's leadoff hitter in 2017.
Travis (knee) played five innings at second base and went 1-for-2 with an RBI double in his Grapefruit League debut Friday against Boston. The bone bruise on Travis' right knee was tested on the second pitch of the game when Brock Holt forced the second baseman to his left to field a grounder and make the throw to first base for the out. "Crazy that this game, man, that ball will find you every time," Travis said. "It's almost like I knew it was coming to me. So yeah, that was nice to get that first groundball out of the way, and I felt good. So everything went good." Toronto opens the season April 3 and the 26-year-old's status for Opening Day remains uncertain at this point, but Friday was a huge step in the right direction for Travis.
Travis (knee) is in a Grapefruit League lineup for the first time this spring Friday, playing second base and batting seventh, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. The keystone defender likely will play the field for approximately five innings after doing the same Wednesday during his stretch of minor league tests. If Travis does enough in the coming days to prove he can handle close to a full outing, the late-round lotto ticket in mixed leagues could exceed expectations and start the season on time.
Travis (knee) will appear in his first Grapefruit League game Friday, freelance writer John Lott reports. He is set to play second base for five innings in Friday's game. Travis has been playing in minor-league games for over a week, and logged five innings at the keystone Wednesday. It sounds like he might have enough time to get fully acclimated for Opening Day.