Travis (knee) will start at second base and bat leadoff during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
It marks the spring debut of Travis, who will have his workload monitored carefully this spring while working back from the knee surgery he required in mid-June. Though he probably won't be in store for extensive at-bats in spring training, Travis will merit serious consideration for the Opening Day leadoff role, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca. Outfielders Curtis Granderson and Ezequiel Carrera set the table in the Blue Jays' first two games of the spring, but both players' standings as likely platoon hitters might make Travis a more attractive option if manager John Gibbons values consistency atop the order.
Travis (knee) will make his first spring game appearance Sunday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Prior reports stated that the embattled second baseman will be eased into action this spring, and this report confirms that. After playing his first game Sunday, Travis is expected to play roughly every other game. His injury history alone makes his status worth monitoring throughout Grapefruit League play, but it seems as if Travis is on track to be fine for the start of the regular season barring any unforeseen issues.
Travis will take it easy at the beginning of spring camp after undergoing knee surgery last June, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
According to manager John Gibbons, Travis has been moving around pretty well but the team will still elect to ease him into spring training rather than cause any sort of setback. Gibbons also stated that the club will "keep an eye on him" and could potentially "get him on a program where he plays X number of days per week just to get him rested" once the regular season begins. Due to his injury history, it would be best to monitor Travis throughout the spring.
Travis (knee) agreed to a one-year, $1.45 million deal with Toronto on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
This was the first season as an arbitration-eligible player for Travis, and he collected a $910,000 raise this offseason. Travis appeared in 50 games for the Blue Jays in 2017, slashing .259/.291/.438 with five home runs, 24 RBI and four stolen bases, but missed the remainder of the year after undergoing a knee procedure to clean up cartilage in mid-June. He should be fully operational heading into 2018, and could be of some value as a late-round pick.
Travis appeared in just 50 games last season before injuries -- most notably a knee injury that required surgery to clean up cartilage -- ended his season in June. The 26-year-old was able to flash his potential before injuring himself, as he hit an impressive .364 with four homers, 19 RBI and two swiped bags during the month of May. Barring any setbacks, he should be back at the keystone to start the season, where he could provide late-round value if he's able to stay healthy.
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