Travis signed a one-year, $1.925 million contract with the Blue Jay on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jaime Campbell of Sportsnet.ca reports. Travis posted his worst numbers in the majors with a .232/.275/.381 slash line and 11 home runs in 378 plate appearances last season, which included a demotion to the minors. 2019 could very well be the 27-year-old's last legitimate chance to show the Blue Jays what he can do given his struggles at the plate and consistent injury issues over the last couple years.
Travis will undergo an MRI on his left knee Wednesday. Manager John Gibbons said Travis is "not expected to play again this year" due to knee and hamstring soreness, though neither injury is considered serious, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Travis hasn't played since Friday because of these injuries, though it's likely that the club wanted to evaluate its prospects anyway. More should be known regarding his condition following Wednesday's MRI, but it doesn't sound like his availability for the start of spring training will be affected.
Travis is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rays. Travis' playing time since the start of September has been inconsistent as the Blue Jays look to evaluate their younger talent, and he has been on the bench for three of the last four games. Richard Urena starts at second base again and will bat ninth.
Travis is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Rays. Travis will head to the bench for the second time in three games. Richard Urena will make another start at second base.
Travis is not in the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. This marks the third game in a row Travis will not start. It's a bit of a confusing decision, as the oft-injured second baseman actually has an .809 OPS over the past 14 games. Regardless of the rationale, Yangervis Solarte will man the keystone in his return from the disabled list to replace him.