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10 Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Height/Weight: 6-1/230 | Birthdate: 1/7/1983 | Birthplace: La Romana, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $8,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/92 | Average Draft Position: 26.66
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Edwin Encarnacion told he will see most of his playing time at 1B


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion said Thursday as he arrived for spring training that he is ready for whatever role the team has in store for him in 2015. The original plan was for Encarnacion to be the team's primary DH, but it now appears most of his playing time will come at first base.

"They told me I'm going to be playing more first base," Encarnacion said, per MLB.com. "I've worked hard this offseason [because] I knew I'm going to get more time at first. But I'm ready for whatever they need me, if they need more at first base, or if they need me at DH, I'm ready."

Encarnacion was plagued by a quad injury in the second half of the 2014 season. He put a lot of work in this offseason to help improve his durability, and he hopes the added effort will pay off.

"I worked a lot on my back and my stomach because I know have to get it stronger to get my back right," Encarnacion said. "And working a lot with my leg. Right now I'm 230 [pounds], that's where I want to be, under 230, that's when I feel good and I can be away from the injuries."


Gibbons: Encarnacion starting 1B, three vying for at-bats at DH


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed Monday veteran Edwin Encarnacion will remain the starting first baseman. However, Gibbons added the 32-year-old slugger will get some games at DH to help avoid any issues with his back.

Gibbons also said Justin Smoak, Danny Valencia and Dioner Navarro are the top candidates for playing time at DH.


Blue Jays planning days off for Edwin Encarnacion in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) The Blue Jays are expecting to utilize Edwin Encarnacion as a designated hitter in 2015 instead of full-time at first base, manager John Gibbons said Friday. Gibbons wants to prevent Encarnacion from suffering injuries as much as possible this season, according to the Toronto Sun.

"We'll be looking to give Encarnacion time off anyway to prevent a recurrence of the back problems that he had last season," said Gibbons. "It’s important to nip that in the bud."

If catcher Dioner Navarro is not traded, it is likely that Encarnacion will play some first so that Navarro can DH and newly signed Russell Martin can catch.


Edwin Encarnacion homers, drives in four runs Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion went 2 for 3 with a walk, a home run and four RBI in his team's 10-2 victory over the Mariners Tuesday.

Encarnacion drove home a run with a single in the first inning and picked up a second RBI with a bases-loaded walk during a seven-run fifth inning. He then capped his night with a two-run home run in the sixth. Encarnacion has hit .272/.359/.561 with 34 home runs and 97 RBI in 460 at-bats.


Edwin Encarncion has mild back inflammation, starts Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) A precautionary MRI on the injured back of Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion revealed that he is dealing with minor inflammation, Sportsnet reports.

Encarnacion slugged his 33rd home run of the season Friday and is back in the starting lineup Saturday, so the minor injury hasn't cost him playing time. He has hit .262/.350/.552 with 33 home runs and 89 RBI in 446 at-bats.


Edwin Encarnacion belts 33rd home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion clubbed his 33rd home run Friday against the Yankees. 

Encarnacion struck in the first inning. With a man on, Encarnacion belted an 81 mph slider out to left for the two run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI.


Edwin Encarnacion had precautionary MRI


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion had a precautionary MRI on his back, according to the Toronto Star.

Encarnacion injured himself in Baltimore, but is still in the starting lineup Friday. He's slated to serve as the team's designated hitter. 


Edwin Encarnacion swats 31st home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 6-3 win over the Rays Saturday.

Encarnacion followed a tiebreaking home run by Adam Lind in the seventh inning with one of his own, giving the Blue Jays' lead a little extra cushion. He has hit .262/.351/.551 with 31 home runs and 84 RBI in 423 at-bats.


Edwin Encarnacion blasts 30th home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion belted his 30th home run Friday against the Red Sox.

Encarnacion struck in the eighth inning. With a man on, Encarnacion belted an 88 mph slider out to left for the two-run shot. He would also single during the outing. Encarnacion finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Edwin Encarnacion hits 29th home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit his 29th home run Wednesday against the Rays.

Encarnacion struck in the fifth inning. With one man on base, Encarnacion worked a nine-pitch at-bat against Chris Archer. On the final pitch of the at-bat, he belted an 86 mph slider out to left for the two-run shot. The homer was reviewed, but ultimately upheld. Encarnacion finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Edwin Encarnacion returns from DL Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) The Blue Jays officially activated first baseman Edwin Encarnacion from the disabled list Friday, following his recovery from a quad injury. He is expected back in the lineup as the team begins a series with the White Sox. 

Edwin Encarnacion coming back Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion will be activated from the disabled list in time for Friday's game against the White Sox, reports Sportsnet.CA.

Encarnacion has been out since July 5 due to a quad injury, but has been playing in Triple-A on a rehab assignment in recent days. An officially move has yet to be announced to bring Encarnacion off the DL. 


Edwin Encarnacion expected to return Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is expected to return to action Friday, according to the National Post

Encarnacion has been sidelined since July 5 due to a quad injury. Over 328 at-bats, he's hit .277/.368/.591. 


Edwin Encarnacion slugs grand slam in Triple-A debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion moved his rehab to Triple-A Buffalo Tuesday, going 1 for 4 with a grand slam while serving as the team's designated hitter.

Encarnacion is scheduled to play first base Wednesday for the first time since suffering a quad injury in early July. If things go well Wednesday, he could make his return to the Blue Jays lineup this weekend.


Edwin Encarnacion moving rehab to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was removed from his rehab game with Class A Dunedin after one at-bat because of a rain delay and poor field conditions, Sportsnet.ca reports.

He will likely move his rehab to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday and could be back from the disabled list as early as Friday, according to MLB.com.


Edwin Encarnacion collects hit in rehab debut Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion went 1 for 3 as he began a rehab assignment with high Class A Dunedin Saturday.

Encarnacion served as the desginated hitter in his rehab debut. He has been out since July 5 due to a quad injury. If he doesn't suffer any setbacks over the next few days, he could rejoin the Blue Jays early next week.


Blue Jays deliver good news about two rehabbing stars


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) The Blue Jays have announced that two of their standouts are making progress in rehabbing injuries, per Sportsnet.

First baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who has been sidelined since June 5 with a quad injury, is set to start a rehab assignment Saturday night at Class A Advanced Dunedin.

Meanwhile, Adam Lind will resume his rehab stint Saturday after being sidelined since Thursday with a sore back. He has been out of the Toronto lineup since July 7 with a foot injury. He could rejoin the team Monday against Seattle.


GM: Edwin Encarnacion on verge of rehab assignment


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion could begin a minor league rehab stint this weekend and join the team as early as midweek, Sportsnet has reported.

Encarnacion has been sidelined with a quad injury for just over a month. He went down with a fine stat line of .277/.368/.591 and 26 home runs.


Edwin Encarnacion to increase activity soon


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has been able to hit in recent days, and continues to make progress from a quad injury.

Manager John Gibbons told SportsNet.ca Tuesday he expects Encarnacion to begin running in the next few days. There is still no more specific timetable for his potential return to action, nor whether he will ultimately require a rehab assignment before returning. 


Edwin Encarnacion's setback could lead to rehab stint


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014)  Blue Jays outfielder Edwin Encarnacion was hoping to return from a quad injury without a rehab assignment, but that is seeming more unlikely after he suffered setback Saturday.

Encarnacion will be shut down for the next few days after he felt a tweak in the quad while swinging Friday. According to MLB.com, this minor setback could be enough to push him to a rehab assignment, since he has not played since July 5.

Encarnacion was expected to return during the team's current road trip, but might have to wait until the team returns home Aug. 5 after this. 


Edwin Encarnacion suffers setback while swinging


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion suffered a setback in his recovery from a quad injury Saturday, manager John Gibbons told SportsNet.ca.

Encarnacion, who has been out since July 5 with a quad injury, felt a twinge while swinging recently and will be shut down for the next few days. At this point, no set timetable is known for his expected return.


Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind might skip rehab assignments


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Blue Jays are considering activating first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (quad) and designated hitter Adam Lind (foot) as early as Monday without the players first going on minor-league rehab assignments, reports MLB.com. "If we need 'em, we need 'em," manager John Gibbons said.

The report said no decision has been made. It's possible both players will go on rehab assignments this weekend. Encarnacion and Lind continue to work out and hit at the team's facility in Dunedin, Fla.


Report: Edwin Encarnacion might be back next week


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Blue Jays believe slugger Edwin Encarnacion could return to the lineup as early as next week, according to Fox Sports.

Encarnacion has been sidelined since July 5 with a quad injury that landed him on the disabled list. He has accelerated his return by taking batting and fielding practice.


Edwin Encarnacion to take BP, field grounders Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who's on the DL with a strained quad, will take batting practice and field ground balls Tuesday in Florida, reports the National Post. Encarnacion went on the DL on July 7.

At the time, the team said he'd be sidelined 2-4 weeks.


Blue Jays won't reveal timetable for Edwin Encarnacion's return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters prior to Friday's game against the Rangers that there's no concrete timetable for Edwin Encarnacion's return, according to Sportsnet.ca. Encarnacion was placed on the 15-day DL with a Grade 2 right quadriceps strain on July 7, and was initially expected to be sidelined 2-4 weeks. He batted .277 with 26 homers and 70 RBI in 328 at-bats before the injury.