Devon Travis (shoulder) will not necessarily be handed the starting job at second base once he completes his rehab assignment, MLB.com reports.
Second base belongs to Ryan Goins, and while that could eventually change, Travis will need to earn his spot on the field. The 25-year-old Travis hasn't played since last July because of left shoulder surgery, and once he returns to a full workload, Travis will need to post some strong numbers before he can be seriously considered. Travis is set to start hitting at extended spring camp on Friday, but an exact timeline for his return to second base remains uncertain. Once cleared, Travis will go on a rehab assignment, but even when that's completed, the Toronto Blue Jays could option him to the minors if they feel he needs more time to round into form.
Ryan Goins is in no immediate danger of losing his spot to Devon Travis (shoulder), who has begun his rehab assignment after having off-season surgery, MLB.com reports.
Second base belongs to Goins, and while that could eventually change, Travis will need to earn his spot on the field. Goins could speed up that timeline if he continues to struggle with the bat, but the Toronto Blue Jays are content with his defense and seem to be in no hurry to make a move.
Carlos Sanchez was recalled by the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.
Sanchez will fill closer David Robertson's roster spot for between three and seven games while Robertson is on the bereavement list. The 23-year-old has gotten off to a good start at Triple-A this season, slashing .309/.356/.469 with three home runs and six steals. He'll serve as middle-infield depth while up with the big team.
Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in Wednesday night's 9-4 win over the Braves.
Pedroia has been mashing the last week, going 15-for-34 with eight extra-base hits and nine RBI in the previous seven games. What's been notable is his use of the entire field -- one of Wednesday's dingers clanked off the right-field foul pole. After a couple of seasons of hand/wrist/thumb injuries that led to a downturn offensively, Pedroia was in full health in 2015 when he showed some bounce-back, sporting an OPS of .797 through 93 games before a hamstring injury cut short his season. Given the maximum effort Pedoria gives, health will be an issue for the 32-year-old, but the bat is coming back after a few lean years.
Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with two home runs -- including a grand slam -- and five RBI in Wednesday's win over the Braves.
The second baseman is on a tear right now. He has amassed multi-hit games in six of the last seven contests, raising his average from .290 to .333 and his OPS from .720 to .904. During that same span, Pedroia has four doubles, three homers, nine RBI and eight runs. It's fair to say that Pedroia's value right now is higher than it's been in years.
Robinson Cano went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI against the Astros on Wednesday.
The star second baseman crafted a 10-RBI series in just three games against the Astros thanks to homers in the latter two games. His batting average is still a paltry .247, but Cano's nearly guaranteed to bring that up -- last year's .287 is basically his floor.
Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, two RBI and three runs against the Mariners on Wednesday.
As the season's first month winds toward a close, Altuve has been perhaps fantasy's most valuable asset, with six homers and nine steals to go with his typically fantastic batting average, now at .330. He's clearly fantasy's top second baseman, and it's not particularly close.
Jed Lowrie collected a double and a triple while driving in a run and scoring a run in Wednesday's 9-4 loss to the Tigers.
It was another solid game for Lowrie, who now has a six-game hit streak going. He's never hit higher than .290 in a season, so it's not likely that his average will stay at the .312 mark it is at now. Still, Lowrie has ben a solid producer this season in the middle of the Oakland lineup.
Johnny Giavotella is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Royals, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
The former Royal hit his first home run of the season Tuesday, but has been dropped from Wednesday's lineup in favor of switch-hitting Cliff Pennington. Giavotella is hitting only .154 against righthanders this year, and is 0-for-4 in his career against Royals starter Chris Young.
Devon Travis (shoulder) will get some at-bats Friday during an extended spring game and will need a full spring training's worth of games before returning to the Toronto Blue Jays , Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.
There is no set return date yet for Travis but he says "he feels great." He had been battling a nagging shoulder injury for most of last season, warranting a couple stints on the DL before having surgery on it in September and hasn't returned since. The 25-year-old second baseman is slowly working his way back into the fold, as the Blue Jays have not yet set a target date for his rehab assignment in the minors. Ryan Goins is currently starting at second base, but Travis will have a good shot at taking over the starting role once he returns. His return will also signal a change in Darwin Barney's role from a spot starter at second base to a backup utility man.