Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion required the assistance of two Blue Jays trainers to leave the field after knocking in a run against the Athletics in Saturday night’s game. He beat out what otherwise would have been a ground ball double play, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. Adam Lind ran for him and stayed in the game at first base.
Update (10:55 PM): The Blue Jays are calling the injury right quadriceps soreness, per Davidi.
Losing Encarnacion for any amount of time is a huge blow to the Blue Jays, who entered the day a half game behind the Orioles for first place in the AL East. Encarnacion is tied with Nelson Cruz for the major league lead with 70 RBI. He has hit 26 home runs and is slashing .277/.368/.591.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.