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.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.