After “winning the offseason,” the Toronto Blue Jays were expected to contend for the world series title. Instead the Blue Jays are in going to wind up in last place in the American League East. The Blue Jays took yet another hit on Tuesday. Both first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and right handed pitcher Brett Cecil have been shut down for the rest of the season.
According to John Lott of of the National Post, Encarnacion will have wrist surgery.
Encarnacion was bothered by the injury for the last few weeks, but attempted to return this week. After playing in three games over the weekend, the team decided to shut him down. In 142 games this season, Encarnacion hit .272, posted an on base percentage of .370 and slugged .534. In 530 at bats, he hit 36 home runs and drove in 104 runs.
Lott also reported Cecil was done for the year and would an MRI on his elbow later in the week. In 60 appearances, Cecil pitched 60.2 innings and had an ERA of 2.82. He gave up 44 hits, 23 walks and 19 earned runs. He struck out 70.
The Blue Jays will send R.A. Dickey (12-12, 4.36 ERA) to the mound as they host Andy Pettitte (10-9, 4.04 ERA) and the New York Yankees at 7:07 pm EST.