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Travis needs another day of rest; Reyes returns

Blue Jays' rookie second baseman hit by pitch on rib cage Sunday

TORONTO -- Devon Travis was held out of Tuesday night's game against the Orioles because of a contusion on his left rib cage but remains optimistic he won't need a lot of time off.

Travis expressed optimism about returning to Toronto's lineup for Wednesday's game. He was considered questionable for the series opener against Baltimore but was ruled out after going through a series of pregame drills.

The 24-year-old said the injury doesn't impact him at the plate but it's still a concern when diving in the field or on the basepaths.

"I had all the intentions of playing today," Travis said on Tuesday. "I got in early, did a bunch of treatment to try and get ready. ... I think it was pretty collective, if today was Game 7 of the World Series, then I would 100 percent go. It's just something that if I play through today with some pain, I might wake up tomorrow with some worse pain."

Travis was injured when he was hit by a pitch from Atlanta's Shelby Miller on Sunday afternoon. Travis originally attempted to stay in the game but was removed in the first inning after he dove back into first base on a pickoff attempt and felt a jolt of pain.

The news was better for Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes, who missed the three-game series against the Braves because of a cracked rib. Reyes was in the lineup Tuesday night and will hit right-handed until the pain goes away enough to allow him to bat left-handed as well.

"My man Reyes over there playing through it, and I'm over here with a dang bruise and now I'm sitting out," Travis said with a laugh. "I'll be back, I'll be back quick, as soon as this pain goes away."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB.
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