Blue Jays’ second baseman Devon Travis was pulled from Game 1 of the Indians-Blue Jays ALCS on Friday night with an apparent re-injury of his right knee.
Travis scooped a ground ball from Cleveland batter Tyler Naquin in the fifth inning, then walked away from the bag in discomfort before John Gibbons replaced him with backup infielder Ryan Goins. This was Travis’ first postseason appearance since Game 1 of the ALDS, after which the 25-year-old infielder was sidelined with a deep bone bruise in his right knee.
Goins swapped in for Toronto first baseman Justin Smoak prior to the beginning of the ALCS. According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, his presence as Travis’ backup — not to mention another left-handed bat in the lineup — was intended for precisely this kind of situation.
The Blue Jays currently trail the Indians, 2-0, in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Baseball is an Olympic sport once again and USA Baseball begins the road to qualifying for the 2020 Games in just a couple of weeks. They’ll be doing it with a new manager, though, as current team USA manager Joe Girardi has stepped down from the role in order to concentrate on his quest to return to managing in the big leagues.
Girardi has interviewed for the Cubs job already and is candidate for the openings with the Mets and the Phillies. His stepping down from the Olympic job suggests that he thinks he stands a pretty good chance of getting one of the seven current openings around the game. Or, at the very least, that he wishes to show clubs with openings that he’s serious.
Girardi will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who was poised to be Girardi’s bench coach with Team USA.
The team begins training in Arizona on October 21. It begins playing qualifier games in early November in Mexico. Eventually, the 2020 Olympic Games will feature a six-nation field.