The Blue Jays have officially received permission from Major League Baseball to replace second baseman Devon Travis on their postseason roster, per reports from MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. During the fifth inning of Friday’s ALCS opener, Travis was pulled after suffering apparent discomfort in his right knee. What was originally thought to be re-aggravation of a bone bruise Travis sustained weeks earlier was revealed to be a new injury, though Toronto GM Ross Atkins did not disclose the particulars of Travis’ condition when the roster announcement was made.
The additional damage done to Travis’ knee was key to MLB’s approval of the swap. As Chisholm reported, the league was within its rights to refuse the accommodation if the bone bruise had worsened with no sign of further injury. Atkins clarified that the two injuries were in roughly the same spot, though of a distinct enough nature that they could be classified as separate injuries.
With Travis sidelined through the end of the postseason, the Blue Jays will fill the roster opening with first baseman Justin Smoak. Smoak hit .217/.314/.391 with 14 home runs in 341 PA with the Jays during the 2016 season.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.