Devon Travis was scratched from the starting lineup on Friday’s ALDS game between the Blue Jays and Rangers after experiencing inflammatory pain in his right knee. Initially diagnosed as “right knee irritation,” Travis’s diagnosis was reevaluated as a bone bruise, according to trainer George Poulis. His MRI on Sunday revealed no structural damage.
Travis’s status for Sunday’s game 3 is still unknown, but is likely going to remain on the active roster with the MRI results coming back negative. Although Darwin Barney is the only middle infielder on the bench, the Blue Jays are unlikely to remove Travis as it will make him ineligible to play in the ALCS, should the team advance. If Toronto does go forward to the ALCS, perhaps they would elect to carry one fewer reliever in order to add Ryan Goins to the bench.
Blue Jays reliever Francisco Liriano is still undergoing concussion tests after being hit in the head with a comebacker on Friday. He is also feeling better, but if Liriano concussion necessitates a removal from the roster during the ALDS, his spot must be replaced by a pitcher, and not a position player. I wonder if Ryan Goins’ one inning pitched counts... (It does not.)