Edwin Encarnacion was held out of the Blue Jays’ starting lineup on Sunday and Monday after getting a cortisone shot for his ailing left shoulder on Saturday, but he is back in there on Tuesday night, batting cleanup and serving as Toronto’s designated hitter against Marlins right-hander Dan Haren.
The cortisone injection apparently did the trick.
Encarnacion has a disappointing .219/.310/.439 slash line in 55 games this season, but that has come alongside 12 home runs and 33 RBI. “EE” should be able to get it all working soon enough. The 32-year-old slugger had a .916 OPS (150 OPS+) between 2012-2014.
As first reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Braves have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with left-handed reliever Dana Eveland.
Eveland opted out of a minor league deal with the Red Sox last week after going two months without a hint of a possible promotion. He had registered an impressive 1.54 ERA, 0.857 WHIP, and 20/3 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket. The 31-year-old southpaw will report to Triple-A Gwinnett initially but should soon get a look in Atlanta.
David Aardsma, another veteran reliever, inked a minor league deal with the Braves on Saturday.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia was ejected Sunday after the sixth inning for arguing a previous call …
That was the first ejection in nine years for Sabathia. He gave up back-to-back solo homers to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the top of the first inning but was otherwise sharp in the Yankees’ eventual 6-2 victory. That’s now six wins in a row for the Yanks, who remain first place in the AL East standings.
A group of Indians players shaved their heads last month in support of Mike Aviles’ four-year-old daughter Adriana, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. On Sunday morning, Indians owner Paul Dolan got in on the act. And it was Aviles who happily did the shearing …
Pretty cool. Here’s the before, during, and after from MLB.com’s August Fagerstrom …
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