Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 3 days ago

Encarnacion (back) returned to the lineup on Thursday and looks as if he'll be ready to play on Opening Day, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Encarnacion's back could be a big issue that plagues both him and the Blue Jays lineup throughout the year. Originally scheduled to play first base full-time, a balky back could force him into playing designated hitter more often. With Justin Smoak's improvement at the plate this season, coupled with his strong defensive skills, it could move Encarnacion to DH, leaving Dioneer Navarro as the potential odd man out. With first base eligibility no matter what, Encarnacion should still be a good source of power as he attempts to play more than 150 games for the second time in his career.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 1 week ago

Encarnacion (back) is on track to rejoin the Jays on Thursday a couple days of minor league action, the National Post's John Lott reports.

He will bat in a minor league game Tuesday and again on Wednesday, and if everything goes well, he could get time in a major league game by the weekend. All expectations are that Encarnacion will be ready to go for Opening Day.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 1 week ago

Encarnacion (back) is expected to be back for Opening Day, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Encarnacion was penciled in at the beginning of the spring as the everyday first baseman and an injury at the beginning of March certainly won't help assuage fears of his durability. He's played more than 150 games once in his careerin 2012 when he played 151and only played in 128 last season. He has still managed to put up monster numbers, even in less-than-full seasons; however, Encarnacion becomes considerably more valuable if he can stay on the field.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 2 weeks ago

Encarnacion (back) is slated to hit off a tee Wednesday and take batting practice on Thursday, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Encarnacion has one of the biggest bats in an already potent Blue Jays lineup, but injury concerns have held him back from being a 40-home run a year player, a total he achieved once in 2012. Last season, he put up 34 home runs and 98 RBI in just 128 games. If he can play 140 or more games, he will be one of the top fantasy options at first base.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 2 weeks ago

Encarnacion (back) will hit at some point this week, the Toronto Star's Brendan Kennedy reports.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said he is "not concerned at all" about Encarnacion being ready for Opening Day, so owners should still treat the slugging first baseman like a first round pick in most formats. Still, continue to monitor his status to make sure his progressing as expected.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 3 weeks ago

Encarnacion (back) is expected to resume hitting Tuesday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

Encarnacion has missed the past week with a sore back, but he's recovering as expected and is on track to be ready for Opening Day, barring a setback.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 3 weeks ago

An MRI on Encarnacion's back revealed inflammation, and the first baseman will be rested for the next four or five days, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

Encarnacion seems to have avoided a serious injury, though it's perhaps a bit concerning that he dealt with a similar issue in September. He wasn't forced to miss any games, and he still managed to finish the season strong. This time around, the Blue Jays hope to have their first baseman back in action by the upcoming weekend or early next week.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 3 weeks ago

Encarnacion will have a precautionary MRI on his back, Sportsnet's Mike Wilner reports.

Encarnacion will likely miss at least a day or two of Grapefruit League action, but the Blue Jays have hope that this is just a short-term issue, according to Wilner. The first baseman previously had a precautionary MRI on his back in September, and he didn't end up missing any games.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 1 month ago

Encarnacion will be the Jays' first baseman this season, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

Either something changed in the past week, or there was faulty news coming out of camp last week, because it was recently reported that Encarnacion might be the everyday DH. Instead, Justin Smoak, Danny Valencia and Dioner Navarro will battle for starts at designated hitter. This has little impact on Encarnacion's status as one of the premier fantasy sluggers, as he should be in the lineup almost every day.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 1 month ago

Encarnacion could begin the season as the primary DH, the Blue Jays' official site reports.With Adam Lind out of the picture, the Jays can afford to remove defense from the equation for Encarnacion while using Justin Smoak and Danny Valencia in a platoon at first base. Alternatively, Encarnacion could split his time between the two spots, while affording manager John Gibbons to play the matchups and have a floating DH spot. Regardless, Encarnacion should be ready to roll as spring training gets underway while providing his typical power and run production in the heart of the Toronto lineup.