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Devon Travis still experiencing left shoulder discomfort

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Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis missed part of May and most of June because of a left shoulder injury, and he was placed back on the disabled list on July 29 with the very same issue.

There seems to be no end in sight for this thing.

Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that Travis visited a specialist on Tuesday and was administered another cortisone shot. He needs more rest and rehab, and there are only five weeks left in the regular season.

Ryan Goins and Cliff Pennington have been filling in at second base for the Jays, who are currently in a dead heat with the Yankees for the American League East title. This is the latest Toronto has held a share of first place since 1993.

Travis, 24, has hit .304/.361/.498 with eight homers and 38 runs scored in 62 games this year as a rookie.

Blue Jays acquire Cliff Pennington from the Diamondbacks

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The Dbacks are trading dudes off to contenders left and right. First Oliver Perez to the Astros, now Cliff Pennington to the Blue Jays, reports Chris Cotillo. The return: infielder Dawel Lugo.

Pennington is hitting .237/.314/.281 with one homer and 10 RBI in 135 at-bats on the season. He’ll likely serve as a backup to Ryan Goins and Troy Tulowitzki. Lugo, 20, plays for high-A Dunedin where he’s hitting .219/.258/.292 on the year.

 

Diamondbacks sign Nick Punto

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Released by the A’s last month, veteran utility infielder Nick Punto has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that it includes an invitation to spring training.

Oakland cut Punto despite owing him $2.75 million for 2015, which was odd considering he had a pretty typical season in 2014 and the A’s deemed him worthy of a two-year deal last offseason.

He figures to be a part-timer in Arizona, backing up all over the infield at age 37, although the Diamondbacks already have a similar player in Cliff Pennington to fill that role (barring, say, an Aaron Hill trade).