Blue Jays’ Devon Travis sidelined with left knee inflammation

Former Toronto Blue Jays infielder Devon Travis. (Frank Gunn/CP)

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Devon Travis will be sidelined for at least a few days with what the Blue Jays are describing as left knee inflammation.

Travis last started at second base Monday but has since aggravated the knee, so the Blue Jays are being cautious with more than three weeks remaining before opening day.

“Day-to-day deal,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “We’ll see after (Monday) how he feels and we’ll go from there.”

Travis has previously dealt with right knee injuries, including a bone bruise in 2016-17. Late last year, left knee and hamstring soreness sidelined him as well. The Blue Jays sent him for a precautionary MRI, and he didn’t play after September 21.

After a pain-free winter, some soreness has returned.

“There’s nothing wrong with it,” Montoyo said. “It’s just inflamed so we’ve got to give him some time.”

If Travis were to start the season on the injured list, the Blue Jays would likely turn to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. as their starting second baseman, which would open up a utility infield spot for either Eric Sogard or Richard Urena.

As for Gurriel Jr., who left Friday’s game in Orlando after taking a pitch off of his left forearm, the Blue Jays were relieved to learn that he’s physically fine.

“Just a little contusion, but he should be good to play whenever,” Montoyo said.

If everyone’s healthy when spring training ends, the Blue Jays would likely break camp with an infield of Justin Smoak, Travis, Gurriel Jr., Brandon Drury and Freddy Galvis.


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