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.
George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees and outfielder Brett Gardner are back together on a one-year, $12.5 million contract. The deal includes a second year option worth $20 million.
Gardner, 36, is coming off of the strongest offensive season of his career, batting .251/.325/.503 with 28 home runs, 74 RBI, 86 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases over 550 plate appearances. While he has certainly lost a step or two with age, he still rates as an above-average defensive corner outfielder as well.
As Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes, the Yankees also value Gardner — a veteran of 12 seasons — for his leadership, especially with CC Sabathia and Didi Gregorius gone.
Bringing Gardner back into the fold allows Giancarlo Stanton to remain the full-time DH. Gardner will return to left field with Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge reprising their roles in center and right, respectively.