CLEVELAND -- Due to ongoing knee trouble, Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis is done for the 2016 season. The team replaced Travis on their ALCS roster Saturday, and by rule, he is ineligible for the World Series should Toronto advance.
"Travis underwent an MRI exam earlier today, and Dr. Gary Green, MLB medical director, confirmed the injury after communicating with the evaluating physician, as well as reviewing the test imaging and Travis' medical history," said the press release. "In accordance with the rules, Travis will be ineligible to return in the World Series if the Blue Jays advance."
The Blue Jays replaced Francisco Liriano on their ALDS roster after he was struck in the head by a line drive. He remains eligible for the ALCS and World Series, however. Roster replacement rules for concussions are different than other injuries. Replacing a non-concussed player makes him ineligible for the following round.
Travis played Game 1 of the ALDS against the Rangers, then missed the rest of the series with what was called right knee irritation. He started Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday night, but had to be removed in the fifth inning due to ongoing discomfort. Here's the play:
"He felt good going into the game," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons following Game 1. "He planted and felt a sharp pain in his knee, and he wasn't able to continue. That's where we're at right now. What happens I couldn't tell you."
Travis, 25, hit .300/.332/.454 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI in 101 games during the regular season. He debuted in May after having shoulder surgery.