A scary scene unfolded in Cleveland a few minutes ago, where the New York Yankees are taking on the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of their American League Division Series.
Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion reached base via a HBP in the first inning and then advanced to second on a Carlos Santana RBI single. The next batter, Jay Bruce, lined out to shortstop, and Encarnacion was doubled off. In his attempt to get back to the bag, however, he stepped awkwardly on second base, turning his ankle and crumbling to the ground:
The Indians have announced that he has a sprained ankle, but there is a wide range in the severity of such injuries, so it will not be known how long Encarnacion will be out until he has been more thoroughly evaluated.
As of this writing the Indians lead the Yankees 3-2 after two innings of play.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.