October 09, 2016 - 2:19 PM
TORONTO - Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis, who missed Game 2 of the American League Division Series in Texas with a sore knee, is feeling better but is not ready to start yet, according to manager John Gibbons.
"At the moment he's able to come off the bench," Gibbons told reporters prior to Game 3 on Sunday. "He's doing all his treatment and they're going to look at it. Now if that changes, we'll probably going to have flip him out (of the roster) because we can't remain shorthanded.
"But he feels better today, so as of right now he's still active."
If Travis did come off the bench, it would in an emergency situation, Gibbons added.
Darwin Barney started at second base for the second game in a row, with Ezequiel Carrera continuing in Travis's leadoff spot in Toronto's batting lineup. Barney batted No. 9.
Travis was a late scratch Friday after his right knee locked up. He took a cortisone shot but it did not help. If removed from the roster during the ALDS, he is ineligible for the AL Championship Series should the Jays advance.
Pitcher Francisco Liriano, who suffered a mild concussion after taking a ball to the head in Friday's game, was replaced on the roster Saturday night by right-hander Danny Barnes. Liriano can come back on the roster once he goes through MLB's seven-day concussion protocol.
"I don't think he's feeling particularly great today," Gibbons said.
Reliever Joaquin Benoit, who tore his calf muscle in a late-season melee between the Jays and Yankees, is making progress.
"But you're not going to see him any time soon," said Gibbons.
Closer Roberto Osuna was pronounced fine after a five-out performance Friday, his first outing since leaving in the 10th inning of Tuesday's wild-card win over Baltimore with a slight shoulder issue.
Michael Saunders was the DH on Sunday, with Carrera joining Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista in the outfield.
Toronto went into Sunday's game with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Game 4, if necessary, will be played on Monday at 1:08 p.m. in Toronto.
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