Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis emerged as an early Rookie of the Year contender before a left shoulder injury sidelined him for the final two months of the season.
He underwent what was described as a “cleanup” procedure in September, but today the Blue Jays announced that he’s gone under the knife for a more extensive surgery and faces a 4-5 month recovery timetable. In other words, odds are he’ll begin 2016 where he ended 2015: On the disabled list.
Travis hit .304 with eight homers and an .859 OPS in 62 games before going on the DL. He was replaced as the Blue Jays’ starting second baseman by Ryan Goins and will have to win back his job.
There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.
The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)
So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).