After a month-long stint with the Buffalo Bisons to get himself figured out, Devon Travis is back with the Blue Jays. The team announced today that Travis would be recalled which is the corresponding roster move to Richard Urena being sent down after Sunday afternoon’s loss.
Roster move: 2B Devon Travis has been recalled from Buffalo (AAA) and will be active for tonight's game.— Blue Jays PR (@BlueJaysPR) May 22, 2018
Travis had himself a hell of a time to start the season. He was finally sent down at the end of April after a putrid month in which he slashed .148/.212/.246 over 66 plate appearances. Travis got off to a similarly slow start in 2017 before going nuclear in May. Unfortunately, that hot streak was short lived as Travis ended up going on the disabled list and missing the rest of the season.
It hasn’t been much better for Travis in Buffalo. Through 64 plate appearances with the Bisons, Travis has slashed a .210/.234/.274 line with two walks to seven strikeouts.
This move is, uh, sorta surprising. Like I said, Travis hasn’t hit all too well in Buffalo so there aren’t really signs that he’s ready to turn it around at the Major League Level. Also, it leaves the Jays without a true shortstop on their big league team. Yangervis Solarte can play short, as can Josh Donaldson, but it isn’t their natural position like it is for Urena.
Hopefully Travis goes on a wild hot streak at the plate so it doesn’t matter!