Blue Jays’ Devon Travis expected out ‘a while’ following knee surgery

Voice of the Blue Jays Dan Shulman says you can’t help but feel for Devon Travis, who is one of the nicest guys in baseball, but just can’t seem to stay healthy.

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays will be without their starting second baseman indefinitely after Devon Travis underwent surgery to clean up frayed cartilage in his injured right knee.

The Blue Jays placed Travis on the disabled list with a right knee bone bruise and cartilage injury on June 6, and determined after further testing that a cleanup – technically speaking a debridement – was necessary. As of Tuesday, manager John Gibbons wasn’t exactly sure when to expect Travis back.

“It’ll be a while,” Gibbons said.

This isn’t the first time Travis has dealt with right knee issues. He underwent off-season surgery to remove a small flap of cartilage that was caught in his right knee joint. Complicating matters, he suffered a bone bruise on the same knee late in the 2016 season.

It took approximately four months for Travis to recover from that operation, but there was less damage this time, so the recovery period could be shorter.

In the meantime, the Blue Jays will lose some offence. Travis struggled early on, but recovered from an abysmal April to hit .364/.373/.646 with 16 doubles in May. Expecting that kind of offensive production from the Blue Jays’ bench seems unrealistic given the early-season results from Darwin Barney (.218/.256/.277) and Ryan Goins (.210/.272/.333).

“I think when they start getting steady at bats that’ll pick up,” Gibbons said.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays expect Steve Pearce to return to the roster this weekend, when the Chicago White Sox arrive in Toronto for three games. Aaron Sanchez remains further off, but he was slated for a long-toss session Tuesday to be followed by a bullpen session later in the week. He’ll eventually make multiple rehab starts, though not before Sunday, when the Blue Jays travel to Texas.

In the minor-leagues, Dalton Pompey is “still recovering” from a knee issue he sustained June 4 while playing for the Buffalo Bisons.

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