NEWS
10/15/2016 10:08 EDT | Updated 10/16/2017 01:12 EDT

Barney gets start at second base for Jays after Travis's knee injury flares up

CLEVELAND — Darwin Barney got the start at second base Saturday as the Blue Jays looked to make do without the injured Devon Travis.

Toronto manager John Gibbons also made a switch in his batting lineup with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki moving up to No. 5 and catcher Russell Martin dropping to No. 6 for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against Cleveland.

Travis, who has been nursing a bone bruise on his knee, exited in the fifth inning of Friday's 2-0 loss to the Indians. He was replaced by Ryan Goins.

Travis, who said after the game he had felt a "super sharp pain in my knee," returned to Toronto to have an MRI on Saturday morning.

Gibbons was awaiting word from GM Ross Atkins whether the Jays would be able to replace Travis if so desired. The MLB rules are somewhat fuzzy given that the injury was pre-existing. If he is replaced, he would not be eligible for the World Series.

"We might not be able to use him anyway ... He's hurt pretty good," Gibbons mused out loud prior to Saturday's game.

Travis missed two games of the ALDS with Texas, when he had his first MRI.

"He had the injury flare up a few days ago then it calmed down," said Gibbons. "Then it resurfaced (Friday) night."

Gibbons said Barney and Goins will rotate starts at second base depending on the pitcher they're facing.

Barney said Travis leaves a big hole.

"We're going to try to do what we can to fill that big hole that Devon brings to this lineup," he said. "That guy is so diverse offensively that I don't think there's another guy on this team that can do what he does offensively, but hopefully we can go out there and play well."

Tulowitzki was hitting .333 in the post-season with seven hits in 21 at-bats going into Saturday's game. Martin was hitting .050 with just one hit in 20 at-bats.

Gibbons had rejected swapping the two when asked about it Friday night, saying the team had been on a good roll — winning six straight — prior to running into a hot pitcher in Corey Kluber.

The decision changed Saturday.

"As a coach or manager you sit there and you watch every day who's hot and who's not, that kind of thing." he explained. "But I also believe we've been on a nice roll, winning a lot of games on a nice little streak. I've watched it and experienced it, when things are going good, don't mess with things. Tulo has been hot, so we'll just flip those today. Since we got beat last night.

"But there is something to it, whether you like it or not, when things are going good, get out of the way, don't interrupt. I know some of you may not agree with that or like that but that is a fact."

The Jays did get pitcher Francisco Liriano back Saturday after he cleared concussion protocols.

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