Per John Lott, the Blue Jays in a press release on Sunday announced that second baseman Devon Travis undervent an MRI which revealed a bone bruise with “a very small flap of cartilage caught in the joint.” As a result, Travis will “most likely” need arthroscopic knee surgery. However, he will first be reevaluated when the swelling subsides. The club expects him to be ready for spring training next year.
It’s not clear when Travis suffered the injury, though it was likely at the very end of the regular season or early in the postseason. Darwin Barney has been handling second base when Travis has been out of the lineup.
Travis has just one single in 12 plate appearances in the playoffs thus far. He hit .300/.332/.454 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI in 432 plate appearances during the regular season.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.