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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: 11 | Salary: $8,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 25.23
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Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion cranks two home runs


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion went 2 for 5 at the plate Tuesday in Toronto's 13-6 win over the Orioles.

Encarnacion got things going early when he ripped the first pitch he saw from Bud Norris over the center field wall for a solo home run, his third of the year. Then in the sixth, Encarnacion did it again, leading off with a solo home run off Brian Matusz over the left field wall.

Encarnacion is now hitting .218 with eight RBI in 55 at-bats this season.


Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion struggling during homestand


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is just 3 for 26 with one double during his current homestand, batting .115/.200/.154 in his last six games.

Encarnacion racked up two home runs in his first three games of the season but has struggled since, and he endured an 0-for-14 stretch in four games last week before picking things up slightly this past weekend. The Blue Jays kick off a three-game home series against the Orioles Tuesday before hitting the road.

Encarnacion has hit .200/.250/.340 with two home runs and six RBI in 50 at-bats.


Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak back in the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak will return to the lineup Monday, allowing Edwin Encarnacion to move to designated hitter and pushing Dioner Navarro to the bench, the team announced.

Smoak, who will hit sixth in the order, has started three games so far this season and is hitting .273 with a double in 12 plate appearances.  

The Blue Jays are currently the favorites (-140) over the Rays Monday.


Edwin Encarnacion drives in Blue Jays' only run


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Edwin Encarnacion saved the Blue Jays from getting shut out with a ninth-inning RBI single in Baltimore's 7-1 win. 

Encarnacion went one for four and singled off of closer Zach Britton with two outs in the ninth to drive in the only run of the game for Toronto. 


Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion homers for second time this year


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion homered in the team's 6-3 victory over the Yankees on Thursday. He now has two home runs under his belt this season.

Encarnacion went 2 for 4 at the plate with two runs scored and a single in addition to his homer. 


Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak to make season debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak will make his first start of the year Wednesday against the Yankees, batting eighth, allowing Edwin Encarnacion to move to designated hitter, reports SportsNet.

Smoak, who came in as a defensive replacement Monday, is hitting .250/.346/.353 in his career against the Yankees with two home runs and six RBI. The Yankees are the favorites (-125) over the Blue Jays Wednesday.


Edwin Encarnacion's two-run homer leads Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run to key a five-run third inning as the Blue Jays posted an Opening Day win over the Yankees. 

Batting cleanup, Encarnacion went one for four, striking out twice. His third-inning shot gave the Jays a 5-0 lead over Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. 

"I've been seeing a lot of pitches, and I've been aggressive in the strike zone looking for my pitch," Encarnacion said, per MLB.com. "It felt good, I've been seeing the ball good."


Blue Jays' Encarnacion returns to spring lineup Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was back in the spring lineup Thursday against the Phillies for the first time since March 8. He had been sidelined due to a back injury.

He went 0 for 1 with two walks. Encarnacion has gone hitless in seven at-bats this spring. He has four walks in four games.


Edwin Encarnacion targeting spring game action on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Instead of playing in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday, Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion will test his injured back once more in a minor-league game before getting into a spring game on Friday, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Blue Jays' Encarnacion could see Grapefruit League action Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion will test his injured back as a DH in a minor-league game on Tuesday, with the anticipation of playing in a Grapefruit League as early as Thursday, according to MLB.com. Encarnacion does not appear concerned about his injury and anticipates being ready for Opening Day against the Yankees on April 6.

Encarnacion not expected to play in minor-league game until Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (back) will take batting practice over the weekend and might DH in a minor-league game Tuesday, according to the Toronto Star. Encarnacion said Friday he was hoping to get into a minor-league game this weekend.

Blue Jays' Encarnacion might play in minor-league game this weekend


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (back) said he felt great taking batting practice, per Sportsnet.ca. He is hoping to play in a minor-league game this weekend.

Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion to hit off a tee Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (back) will hit off a tee Wednesday and take batting practice Thursday, according to Sportsnet.ca. Encarnacion is still aiming to be ready by Opening Day.

Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion expects to be ready for Opening Day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is expecting to be ready for Opening Day after missing the last week of spring training with back soreness, reports The Toronto Star.

Encarnacion said he is "not concerned at all" about his back and will be ready, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday.

"Because it happened at the beginning of spring training he's going to be able to get into game shape."

The slugger is expected to resume hitting drills this week.


Dioner Navarro takes BP for Blue Jays, Edwin Encarnacion to swing on Tuesday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Catcher Dioner Navarro, out since Tuesday with a minor knee problem, was able to take batting practice for the Blue Jays on Saturday, according to ESPN's Enrique Rojas

First baseman Edwin Encarnacion, also out since Tuesday, is expected to take swings on Tuesday. Encarnacion has been sidelined with an inflamation in his lower back. 


Jays' Edwin Encarnacion expected to miss 4-5 days with back inflammation


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) An MRI on Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion's back revealed he is suffering from inflammation and he will miss four-to-five days, reports Sportsnet.

"It's just irritation, you know, a lot of swings early in camp," manager John Gibbons said, per the Associated Press. "There's no damage in there."


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.