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.
Because baseball teams have to have 25 guys — and because someone has to be that 25h guy — the Orioles have re-signed utilityman Jace Peterson. It’s a minor league contract so he may not be the actual 25th man but, c’mon, he’s gonna be the 25th man. Let’s get real here.
Peterson hit .195/.308/.325 in 200 at-bats for the Orioles last season. That’s not good, but he can play multiple positions in the infield and outfield. He can’t play them particularly well, but you know that thing Casey Stengel said about how catchers are important because without them there are a lot of passed balls? Same goes for third base and stuff. Again: Orioles.
I was going to add that he was the only player in MLB history named “Jace,” but Jace Fry exists, so he doesn’t even have that distinction anymore, and that’s kind of a bummer.