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Blue Jays shut down rookie Devon Travis with shoulder injury


Devon Travis aggravated a weeks-long shoulder injury Saturday and after sitting out five straight games the Blue Jays finally decided to place the rookie second baseman on the disabled list.

Travis has been a huge bright spot for Toronto this season, winning the Opening Day job as a 24-year-old and hitting .271 with seven homers and an .839 OPS in 36 games. However, since suffering the initial shoulder injury from a bad hop to the collarbone on April 30 he’s hit just .185 in 14 games.

Utility infielder Munenori Kawasaki was called up from Triple-A to take Travis’ spot on the roster, but Steven Tolleson has been filling in at second base.

And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Giants 4, Dodgers 0: It’s hard to have as good of a series against your rivals than the Giants just had. In addition to your pitcher hitting a homer off the reigning Cy Young and MVP award winner, you shut them out for three straight games, outscoring them 10-0. That’s 34-straight scoreless innings for the Dodgers in AT&T Park dating back to their series there a month ago.


Braves 10, Brewers 1: Will Smith getting ejected for a foreign substance “That thing you’re doing is against the rules and we’re gonna get you run out of the game for it and you’ll get suspended but thank goodness you’re doing it because it’s to ensure the safety of our guys but Jesus, man, you have to hide that good/illegal thing you’re doing!” In other news, the whole “that guy is doing something technically illegal and ultimately it actually helps at mitigating injuries but, dude, don’t be so obvious about it” is the human growth hormone story too.


Orioles 5, Mariners 4: Steve Pearce hit a grand slam and the teams used 13 pitchers and sat at the park for hours and hours on end thanks to a lengthy rain delay. This sort of game makes me wonder why no baseball TV show — either a drama or a sitcom — has ever taken off. If you treated it like “M*A*S*H” or something episodic but character-driven you could totally do it. One whole episode would just be guys killing time during a rain delay. Some weird personal drama with the manager and his bench coach — maybe musings on old mens’ mortality — is your A-story. A running thing about guys playing cards is your b-story. The whole episode is about how ill-equipped these guys are to function outside of baseball and how, when you have three hours to do NOTHING but think about non-baseball things, they’re all at a loss. Jesus, Hollywood. Give me my development deal already. Got a head full of ideas on this.

Blue Jays 8, Angels 4: R.A. Dickey allowed four runs and five hits, walked two and struck out seven while tossing a complete game. In that baseball “M*A*S*H”-up, you have to go light on actual game action because, unless MLB Network produces it, game action footage is going to be expensive and if you try to DIY your way through it it’s gonna look hokey. But at some point you have a one-off episode in which the team picks up a knuckleballer and he totally messes up the rhythms of everything from the clubhouse and on the field and personal relationships and all around. The overall theme of that episode is baseball’s comfort of conformity and the inability of these odd and often damaged people to confront change and unconventionality in their lives.

Tigers 6, Astros 5: James McCann hit a homer in the 11th inning to put the Tigers up for good. This guy has two career homers. An inside-the-parker and an extra-inning game-winning job. All of the rest of his homers will be relatively anti-climatic now. Congratulations, McCann. Best case scenario now is that you’re Orson Welles or Norman Mailer and you spend the rest of your life trying to convince people you’re really as good as your earliest work. There are way worse problems to have, but that has to be kind of annoying.

Mets 5, Cardinals 0: More like Jacob deGREAT, amirite? Oh, God. I’m sorry. That’s maybe the worst thing I’ve said in, well, maybe a day or two. deGrom strikes out 11 in eight one-hit shutout innings. Lucas Duda hits two bombs.

Rockies 7, Phillies 3: These two teams have played each other for 125 straight nights. I didn’t check that to be sure, but I am almost positive that is the case. Ryan Howard homered again. Is he back? Back just long enough to create a little trade value bubble for him? Who knows. The Rockies’ had more offense, though, as Michael McKenry hit a two-run homer Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run single and Brandon Barnes, had four hits. Jorge De La Rosa passed Ubaldo Jimenez to become the Rockies’ all-time strikeout leader with 774 in a black, white and sometimes purple uniform. David Nied has 127.

Rangers 3, Red Sox 1: Wandy Rodriguez shut the Sox down and Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and drove in two. The Sox’ offense is stank on a stick. They’re 23rd in runs per game, 18th in OBP, 25th in slugging, 27th in batting average and 25th in extra-base hits.

Rays 3, Athletics 0: Alex Colome and four relievers combined on a six-hit shutout. The Rays have had some damn good pitching for a team which had, like, every single good pitcher get injured, get traded or come down with ebola or something in the past year.

Indians 5, White Sox 2: Three in a row for Cleveland who got six scoreless from Danny Salazar and homers from Nick Swisher — still alive apparently? Who knew? — and Mike Aviles.

Cubs 3, Padres 0: Kyle Hendricks with the five-hit shuout. Not over x innings with “x” defined as <9. Like, a legit, old school big boy shutout. Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer.

Diamondbacks 7, Marlins 6: A four-game sweep as the Marlins’ freefall continues. Keep in mind, this is a Dbacks team which came into this series having just been swept by the Phillies. The Flounders have lost seven straight.

Devon Travis out fourth straight game with shoulder injury

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Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis has been bothered by discomfort around his left shoulder — or, more accurately, his left collarbone — since a bad hop caught him there on April 30. He reaggravated it Saturday in the Blue Jays’ loss to the Astros and has not appeared in a game for Toronto since.

Travis will miss his fourth straight game Wednesday vs. the Angels, with Steve Tolleson again filling in.

Travis was off to a hot start in his rookie campaign, batting .271/.336/.504 with seven home runs, 26 RBI, and 24 runs scored through 36 games. The 24-year-old is considered day-to-day.

Blue Jays planning to get Jose Reyes back from broken rib Monday

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Jose Reyes has been on the disabled list since late April with a cracked rib, but manager John Gibbons told reporters that the current plan is for the All-Star shortstop to rejoin the active roster Monday.

First he’ll need to avoid a setback during a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A and it’s worth noting that Reyes previously indicated he expects to play through at least some level of discomfort for the remainder of the season.

Prior to being placed on the DL he hit .250 with zero homers and a .566 OPS in 16 games, giving Reyes a combined .288 batting average and .737 OPS in 252 games for the Blue Jays.

MLB is reviewing Josh Donaldson’s lewd gestures/comments to the Angels bench

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s recaps, Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson was somewhat animated in his interaction with the Angels’ dugout during Monday afternoon’s game. Specifically, there were some gesticulations and words with which Donaldson suggested that the Angels do things to certain parts of his anatomy which they were not likely inclined to do.

I’m guessing he’ll get a token “won’t someone think of the children?!” fine given that his anatomical suggestion to the Angels’ dugout was likely loud enough to be heard by fans and MLB is rather taken with the family experience these days. I mean, back in the 70s they were probably more worried about the fans being bad influences on the players — really, crowds in the 70s were drunken, loutish train wrecks — but it’s 2015 now and we expect some damn decorum around here.