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Devon Travis had shoulder surgery that could keep him out until April

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Poor Devon Travis: the Blue Jays' rookie second baseman from 2015 just had surgery on his injured left shoulder to add support for his collarbone. Recovery from the procedure could keep him from "baseball activity" for four to five months, according to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith.

The optimistic timeline would put Travis back doing baseball things by mid-March, the less optimistic timeline would mean he would have to miss all of spring training. In both cases, it is likely Travis would have to begin the 2016 season on the disabled list. Unless further moves are made, the Blue Jays would be looking at Ryan Goins as their second baseman when the season begins on April 4.

The 24-year-old Travis was acquired by the Blue Jays in a trade last offseason with the Tigers, with outfielder Anthony Gose going the other way. Travis had a great spring and continued that with solid performance both on the field and at the plate in the April but injured his shoulder in Cleveland while fielding a Brandon Moss chopper on April 30. He continued to play 14 games after the injury--possibly aggravating it--before being placed on the 15-day disabled list in mid-May. He would return to the lineup in late June and continued his good hitting until he was placed on the disabled list again in late July, in the game before Troy Tulowitzki arrived. Travis tried rehabbing his shoulder to make a return for the playoff race but that July 28 game would be his last of the season.