Blue Jays GM Atkins says Travis, Liriano improving

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 11, 2016 10:46 AM
Blue Jays GM Atkins says Travis, Liriano improving
FILE - This Sept. 17, 2016 file photo shows Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Francisco Liriano throwing to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins expects second baseman Devon Travis to return from a sore right knee and play in the AL Championship Series and says left-hander Francisco Liriano is improving after a concussion last week. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins expects second baseman Devon Travis to return from a sore right knee and play in the AL Championship Series and says left-hander Francisco Liriano is improving after a concussion last week.

Travis missed the final two games of Toronto's AL Division Series sweep of Texas because of a bone bruise and might have been removed from the roster had the series gone longer.

Atkins said Travis had been able to put weight on the knee while fielding grounders, hitting, and running since being scratched from Game 2.

"Every day is better, every hour is better," Atkins said Monday. "Feeling better and better about him being a part of the ALCS, which is why we didn't replace him. ... It's not definite that he's going to be playable but we feel very good about it. Today was his best day."

Lirianio was injured in the eighth inning of Game 2 when struck in the back of the head by a Carlos Gomez line drive measured at 102 mph. Liriano exited the stadium before Sunday's Game 3 in Toronto because he wasn't feeling well but was feeling better Monday, Atkins said.

Liriano is ineligible until Game 2 of the ALCS after being removed from Toronto's Division Series roster.

With time to rest and recuperate before the ALCS begins Friday at Boston or Cleveland, Atkins said the Blue Jays weren't rushing to line up their rotation.

"We've talked a little bit about several hypotheticals," Atkins said. "Fortunately now we can control it more than most."

Right-hander Marcus Stroman, in line to pitch Game 4 of the ALDS, last started in the Oct. 4 wild card game victory over Baltimore.

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