Every day that the Blue Jays are at home, early arrivals to the Rogers Centre can see second baseman Devon Travis out on the field mid afternoon, taking groundballs, taking batting practice, testing his wounded knee — in, out, stops http://www.jaysfanaticsjersey.com/marco-estrada-je... starts — in an attempt to get back on the diamond as soon as possible. The 26 year old future star has been on the disabled list since June 6 with yet another injury that has frustrated him and stunted his career.
Nobody wants the tag of “injury prone” but Travis has yet to play a full season in the majors. He will have three full seasons of major league service at the end of the year and will be eligible for salary arbitration but, if he does not get back on the field again this year Justin Smoak Jersey, he will have spent 269 days on the disabled list with a wounded collarbone, shoulder troubles and two knee injuries. By MLB reckoning, a total of 172 days of service constitutes a full year.
Travis has a rehab role model in terms of what can be done when people doubt your ability to overcome. It’s Marcus Stroman, who tore the ACL in his left knee two years ago in spring training, then defied club http://www.jaysfanaticsjersey.com/ra-dickey-jersey... prognostications of missing the entire year by coming back that September and helping Jays reach the ALCS.
“Those stories really inspire me, especially someone that I get to call a friend and a teammate, knowing everything he went through,” Travis said. “His rehab process was gruelling. It takes a beating on your body. The mental grind we always talk about. I know Stro talks about it in his rehab. It’s the most important part and you have to continue to push and stay strong.
“Seeing someone coming back from an ACL surgery in four months, to come back and go 4 0 in the regular season and http://www.jaysfanaticsjersey.com/justin-smoak-jer... win in the post season — if that doesn’t inspire an athlete or light a fire under your butt, or make you look up to guys even though he’s a couple of months younger than me, then I truly don’t love and appreciate everything that goes into this game.”
Maybe if this was 2015 , or last season, Travis would have offered a projection on when he might be back on the field, either rehabbing in the minors or playing second base for the Jays, but he is older, wiser and more beat up , perhaps because he tried to push previous injuries too fast http://www.jaysfanaticsjersey.com/gavin-floyd-jers... too furious.
“I’m looking to get back on the field as quick as I can, whether it would be tomorrow or the next day, the next week or Sept. 1,” Travis began. “Whatever the date is, I’m looking to get back on the field and stay back on the field.
“Something that I really have to ingrain in my head is that coming back too soon, man, can put you in situations that maybe set you back again. I don’t want to get hurt again. I understand it’s part of the game, but when I’m ready, when I’m confident and I get the clear to go, I’ll be gone. I’ll be back on the field doing all I can to help this team win, but we’ve got to make sure it’s right, for sure.”