As first reported by FOX Sports and MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays will be activating second baseman Devon Travis from the disabled list today. This move has come earlier than expected, so perhaps it is linked to the quad injury suffered by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in Tuesday's game against the Yankees.
Travis, 25, has been making progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery this spring and has played four rehab games in Dunedin and Buffalo; however he likely wasn't completely ready to be brought back up to the majors as he had only completed one nine-inning game at second base while with the Bisons. He was scheduled for a full game at second today before DHing on Thursday according to the Bisons manager Gary Allenson.
Devon Travis is expected to play all 9 innings at 2B today & tomorrow, DH Thurs. am, according to Gary Allenson. https://t.co/2Fsl72pxdl— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) May 24, 2016
As recently as in a Saturday interview with Bluebird Banter, Travis mentioned that he understood that he needed more at bats to regain his timing at the plate; however he believes that the Blue Jays front office knows what they are doing and would not call him up unless he was ready to play at that level. injury Perhaps that timetable was expedited because of Tulowitzki's quad tightness with the front office considering that Travis at less than 100% is better than a full-time tandem of Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins up the middle.
We will find out more about this move later in the day when the corresponding move is announced. The two most likely scenarios likely depend on the severity of Tulowitzki's injury as he could be placed on the 15-day disabled list if it is more severe, or Ryan Goins could be optioned to the minors if the injury were less severe.
Travis has not played in the big leagues since being taken out of the game with an injury on July 28, 2015, the day before Tulowitzki first reported to Toronto.
Of course, neither of what I thought were the likeliest situations actually happened as Pat Venditte was optioned back to Buffalo as the corresponding move according the official Bisons account. This might indicate that the club is still trying to evaluate Tulowitzki's injury.
The Blue Jays won't be carrying Travis, Tulowitzki, Goins, and Barney and having just six pitchers in the bullpen for long so expect another move to be made in the next day or so to clear the middle infield logjam. Aaron Loup has made a couple of rehab appearances with the Bisons and may also be ready for major league action soon.