Travis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Travis had started the last three games for the Blue Jays in favor of Lourdes Gurriel, who had been on the disabled list due to a concussion. With Gurriel back in the mix, he'll now be a threat to take reps from Travis at second base, though it's worth noting that Travis had been the primary second baseman prior to any Gurriel injury. However, a career-low .687 OPS for Travis doesn't necessarily mean he's locked into that job indefinitely.
Travis is batting seventh and starting at second base Sunday against the Red Sox, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Travis had been ceding time to Lourdes Gurriel at the keystone earlier in July, but the former started five consecutive contests before heading to the bench Saturday. It now looks like Travis' path to regular at-bats will become even clearer after Gurriel reported a severe headache and symptoms of nauseousness following Saturday's contest, resulting in his placement on the 7-day disabled list prior to the series finale. Gurriel will have to demonstrate substantial progress in his recovery over the next several days if he's to gain clearance to return from the DL when first eligible July 22.
Travis went 4-for-4 with four singles in the 6-4 loss to Boston on Thursday. Travis boosted his batting average from .230 to .247 but failed to make a difference on the scoreboard Thursday. The 27-year-old owns a .699 OPS with 14 extra-base hits and 23 RBI in 182 at-bats on the year.
Travis came on as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning Wednesday and remained in the game, going 1-for-3 with a grand slam in a 9-5 loss to the Braves. The 27-year-old made a ballgame of things after the Jays had fallen behind 7-0, but the comeback eventually fell short, Travis has lost his starting spot at the keystone to Lourdes Gurriel for now, and his .230/.283/.388 slash line will need to improve in the second half if he's going to get a chance to win it back.
Travis will start at second base and bat ninth Sunday against the Yankees. Though he'll enter the lineup in the series finale, Travis had been on the bench in three of the Blue Jays' prior five games and seems to have fallen behind rookie Lourdes Gurriel on the depth chart. Since returning from Triple-A Buffalo on May 22, Travis is slashing an acceptable .280/.330/.449 over 34 games, but his .662 OPS for the season is still 67 points below the career-worst mark he posted in 2017.
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