After numerous delays and setbacks in his recovery from a left shoulder injury Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis has been shut down for the remainder of the season and will undergo exploratory surgery, the team announced.
Toronto certainly has plenty of offensive firepower with or without Travis, but adding the 24-year-old rookie to the bottom of the lineup would have made the Blue Jays even scarier. Prior to the injury in late July he hit .304 with eight homers, 18 doubles, and an .859 OPS in 62 games to emerge as a leading Rookie of the Year candidate.
Ryan Goins will continue to serve as the primary second baseman in Travis’ absence, bringing a lot less offense and more defense to the table.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.