Devon Travis' knee injury leaves Blue Jays without .300 hitter for ALCS vs. Indians

CLEVELAND – Devon Travis hit 11 home runs this year, but the best

thing the Blue Jays’ second baseman did for Toronto was to set the table, as he hit .300/.332/.454 while providing a strong glove up the middle.The Blue Jays will have to go the rest of the playoffs without Travis, as he was taken off the ALCS roster on Saturday before Game 2 because of a knee injury, replaced by Justin Smoak. MORE: 12 most unfortunate postseason records“He went to get another MRI to check it out, see if there’s any difference, see where he’s at there,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said before the results came in. Travis had to leave the Blue Jays’ 2-0 loss in Game 1 after appearing to aggravate his knee problem on a ground ball by Tyler Naquin that sent Travis only a few steps to his left to back up pitcher Marco Estrada, who fielded the ball. The Blue Jays put infielder Ryan Goins on the ALCS roster in place of Smoak in case Travis’ knee was problematic in a way that left him day-to-day rather than out. Goins replaced Travis in the field after his injury, then left the game for pinch-hitter Darwin Barney, the Blue Jays’ other reserve infielder.MORE: Re-ranking the four remaining teamsSmoak, a husky first baseman, adds no positional flexibility, but he is a switch-hitting power threat off the Toronto bench. In 341 plate appearances this season, Smoak hit .217/.314/.391 with 14 home runs. His power is mostly from the left side of the plate, and has not been in evidence much of anywhere lately. Smoak last homered on August 26 off Minnesota’s Pat Dean, and went 1-for-18 in September before striking out in his only plate appearance of the postseason.

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