OAKLAND — The Blue Jays received a potentially devastating blow to their staff when Edwin Encarnacion felt a pop in his right leg in the first inning of Saturday’s 5-1 loss towards the A’s.
Encarnacion was attempting to beat out a groundball when he suffered the injury. Immediately after touching first base, this individual crumpled to the ground and then folded around in obvious soreness.
The veteran first baseman was later on helped off the field by way of a pair of Blue Jays trainers. The injury is currently being described as ‘right quads soreness’ but Encarnacion will undergo a great MRI on Sunday to learn more about the damage.
‘I felt [a] pop before I actually touched the base,’ Encarnacion said. ‘That’s why, after I touched the bottom, I let my body see a ground because I felt many pain.’
When a player admits they felt a pop, this almost always leads to very bad information but the Blue Jays were staying relatively quiet on the problem after the game. It’s a perfect example of people inside the clubhouse hoping for the best but fearing for that worst.
At the very least, Encarnacion likely requires a stint on the differently abled list. Whether it’s a short-term or long-term injury largely depends on whether the muscle has been torn or blocked.
‘Of course, in this moment I’d rather not go to the DL,’ Encarnacion mentioned. ‘I want to be playing, helping my own team to win game titles. That’s what we need right now, for no reason need me to go to the particular DL, it’s going to be very disheartening for me. We’ll see what happens.’
The Blue Jays can ill manage to lose Encarnacion for an extended period of your time. He entered play on Thursday tied for second in the Majors with 26 homers to go in addition to 69 RBIs in 88 activities. With the exception of possibly Jose Bautista, there isn’t a more vital player on the team.
Toronto isn’t going to know how long Encarnacion will be out but the club will have to get ready for some type of absence. Infielder Dan Johnson is one possible candidate to become promoted from Triple-A Buffalo but Bautista also admitted there previously had been talk about moving him or her to either first or finally base.
Bautista was taking groundballs from third prior to Saturday night’s game vs the A’s. Of which position might be a little less complicated on his injured remaining hamstring, which has been feeling greater in recent days yet has still limited the actual four-time All-Star to DH.
If Bautista was able to play the infield that will possibly open up a spot inside the outfield for Minor Leaguer Anthony Gose.
‘I might be able to practice it,’ Bautista said when asked if he would be able to play the field on Sunday. ‘First, next, outfield, whatever he needs. We didn’t know Edwin was going to be available, so there’s more divots to be filled now. We have a couple of us that are banged up. I’m sure they’re going to try to decide the best combination of gamers, where everybody plays, will probably be for us.’