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Travis exits early with left shoulder irritation

Second baseman relates pain to previous collarbone injury

HOUSTON -- Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis left Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Astros with left shoulder irritation.

Travis felt "sharp" pain during his final at-bat, when he struck out swinging during the seventh inning. He said after the game that the pain was in the same spot as the collarbone injury that caused him to miss a game back on May 1.

"Yeah, it was [the same thing], just battling it a bit and took a swing that irritated it and didn't feel too good," Travis said.

The young infielder extended his brief hit streak to four games with a second-inning double. He also had an RBI double in the first game of this four-game series in Houston.

Video: [email protected]: Travis doubles and motors to third on error

It's too early for a formal prognosis, but it's safe to say he's probably a day-to-day candidate at this point. For his part, Travis doesn't expect it to be a serious reoccurrence.

"Hopefully I can wake up tomorrow and feel better, feel ready to go," he said. "I don't see myself being out too long with this."

Travis has been batting leadoff since Jose Reyes went to the disabled list with a cracked rib on April 27. Manager John Gibbons said prior to Saturday's game that he liked Travis' contributions there and wanted to find a logical spot for the second baseman in the back half of the order when Reyes returns in the coming weeks.

He's been a key cog in the Blue Jays' lineup, hitting .271 with seven homers, 10 doubles and 26 RBIs in 36 games.

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