Devon Travis making progress in recovery from shoulder surgery

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Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis‘ strong rookie season was cut short by shoulder problems that eventually led to surgery in November. He was given a 4-5 month recovery timetable and Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Travis recently “received a positive review” from the doctor who performed the surgery.

Travis still has a long way to go in his recovery, ruling out Opening Day and making it unlikely he’ll play at all in April, but so far so good.

Ryan Goins is expected to be the Blue Jays’ primary second baseman to begin the season and Darwin Barney is around in a backup role, but once Travis is healthy he’s the favorite to reclaim the job after hitting .304 with eight homers and an .859 OPS in 62 games as a 24-year-old rookie.

Toronto has no shortage of big bats in the lineup, which made losing Travis for the entire second half a relative afterthought, but being able to add his right-handed bat in May or June could provide a nice boost.

Angels claim pitcher Jacob Rhame off waivers from Mets

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The Angels announced on Wednesday that the club claimed reliever Jacob Rhame off waivers from the Mets.

Rhame, 27, was limited to 6 1/3 innings in the majors and 20 2/3 innings in the minors last season due to an elbow issue. He underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery in mid-August.

Though Rhame has a career 6.23 ERA in the big leagues, he showed promise at Triple-A from 2016-18, averaging better than 10 strikeouts per nine innings in all three years. The Angels are taking a flier on the right-hander to see if he can translate that success to the majors.