Toronto’s march to the American League East title may have hit a major snag. Saturday, Toronto’s superstar first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was forced from the game with a quadriceps injury suffered during the first inning while he was trying to beat out a ground ball.
On Sunday, Jays manager John Gibbons indicated that Encarnacion is likely going to be out of action for awhile because of the injury. “I’d be very surprised if it wasn’t a DL,” Gibbons said via Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. An MRI has been scheduled for Sunday.
Encarnacion was in such pain from the injury that he had to be carried off the field by Blue Jays training staff. After the game he described what happened via MLB.com:
I felt [a] pop before I touched the base. That’s why, after I touched the base, I let my body go to the ground because I felt a lot of pain.
Encarnacion expressed his hope that he will not have to go on the DL:
Of course, in this moment I don’t want to go to the DL. I want to be playing, helping my team to win games. That’s what we need right now, we don’t need me to go to the DL, it’s going to be very frustrating for me. We’ll see what happens.
It doesn’t look too good right now, but we’ll wait for the results of the MRI to find out much Toronto should be worried.