Ross Atkins, general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, anticipates that second baseman Devon Travis will return from a sore right knee and play in the American League Championship Series and said left-hander Francisco Liriano is improving after a concussion last week.
Travis sat out the last two games of Toronto’s sweep of the Texas Rangers in a division series because of a bone bruise. Atkins said Travis has been able to field grounders, hit and run since being scratched from Game 2.
Liriano was injured in the eighth inning of Game 2 when struck in the back of the head by a Carlos Gomez line drive. Liriano exited the stadium before Sunday’s Game 3 in Toronto because he wasn’t feeling well, but he was able to take part in physical activity with no symptoms Monday, Atkins said.
Liriano is ineligible until Game 2 of the ALCS after being removed from Toronto’s division series roster.
Manfred talks about Athletics’ stadium
Commissioner Rob Manfred expects news within a year regarding potential plans for the Athletics to build a ballpark in Oakland.
Manfred said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told him the city’s top priority is keeping the A’s over the Raiders, though she would like to retain both franchises, who share the rundown Oakland Coliseum.