Benoit likely to miss rest of regular season with torn calf

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit is expected to miss the rest of the regular season after tearing his left calf muscle when he tripped and fell while running in from the bullpen during one of two benches-clearing incidents in Monday's 7-5 loss to the New York Yankees.

Second baseman Devon Travis will not play the opener of Tuesday's pivotal series against Baltimore after he jammed his surgically repaired left shoulder in the second incident against the Yankees. Travis left Monday after aggravating the injury during his next at-bat.

Toronto added right-hander Chris Smith and infielder Andy Burns to its roster. Both finished the minor league season with Triple-A Buffalo.

Benoit has been a reliable setup man since a July 26 trade with Seattle, going 2-0 with a 0.38 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.

Toronto leads the wild-card race, one game ahead of Baltimore.