DUNEDIN, Fla. — Down the correct subject line at Dunedin Stadium, there is a Blue Jays backdrop in entrance of which gamers address the media. Early in spring, gamers will frequently stand there, refreshed following an off-period of rest, and speak about their hopes for the coming period. If spring schooling is the time for optimism, then this is the position for it.
On Sunday early morning, Devon Travis uncovered himself there for the incorrect causes. 6 times previously, he experienced arrived house following actively playing versus the Yankees and recognized that his still left knee was swollen. The subsequent day it ‘locked up’ on him, and he has not performed since. An MRI unveiled no structural problems — ‘a large relief’ — but Travis however doesn’t know just when he’ll play subsequent.
In a transient, but emotional conversation with the media Sunday, Travis expressed disappointment that knee challenges have reappeared following a suffering-free of charge wintertime.
“It’s challenging,” Travis reported. “I’m unwell of the exact tale heading about and about and about all over again. It is challenging. It is what it is. You have bought to locate a way to retain heading, but I’m unwell of it, which is for absolutely sure.”
At the exact time, he’s earning an energy to retain his have complications in standpoint.
“People could complain about way even larger factors than what I’m complaining about correct now,” Travis reported. “I can walk. I’m wholesome. I reside a good lifetime. I’m a key-league baseball participant. There is folks in this earth with way even larger complications than what I have heading on. So for me to sit right here and really feel negative for myself, I do not. I by no means do. But it’s a lot.”
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Travis’ history of knee complications features operations on each sides. He dealt with a bone bruise in his correct knee in 2016-17 and still left knee and hamstring soreness sidelined him late previous period. But he felt robust about the wintertime and arrived in camp hopeful of steering clear of the disabled listing for the next consecutive period.
“Knees are not pleasurable for me,” Travis reported. “Any time it’s a knee it’s surely the most concerning point for me … This is a rough a single since I lastly felt rather good coming in and a single 7 days into spring schooling, right here we are.”
Now, he’s obtaining ‘non-stop’ remedy on his still left knee with the intention of improving upon just about every day. With a few and a 50 % months remaining ahead of opening day, there is plenty of time to get the at bats he wants, but if the swelling lingers and Travis has to start the period on the wounded listing, the Blue Jays have in-dwelling alternatives offered. In that situation Lourdes Gurriel Jr. would probable start at next, with either Eric Sogard or Richard Urena on the roster as a utility participant.
The Blue Jays are however a prolonged way away from possessing to make that contact, although. In the meantime, Travis will carry on icing that knee in the hopes that the swelling disappears. In a feeling, which is the uncomplicated component. Additional demanding is the psychological grind of extra time used on the sidelines.
“I appreciate this game,” Travis reported. “This is not just baseball, but it’s my lifetime. It is how I consider treatment of my spouse and children, it’s how I reside the lifetime that I reside. I’m thankful for it and anything that arrives with it. To wake up just about every day and contact yourself a skilled baseball participant, which is been a intention of mine since I was a child. To say that I’m considering about just about anything like (shutting it down) would be not even a true believed.
“But it’s irritating. Five a long time of this now. It is challenging. But you have bought to retain heading. This is my aspiration, and I’m dwelling my aspiration. I’ll locate a way.”