Edwin Encarnacion is not in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup for today’s afternoon tilt against the Tigers.
Encarnacion left last night’s game due to back tightness, but it’s apparently not serious. Today’s just a day off. Adam Lind will start at first base and Dioner Navarro will DH.
Encarnacion has certainly done enough lately to earn a day off. After a power-packed May, he’s hitting .389 with three homers and six RBI in the past week.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.
Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”
The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.
It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.