From Ben Nicholson-Smith of Toronto’s Sportsnet comes word that Edwin Encarnacion is out of the Blue Jays’ starting lineup Tuesday night against the Athletics because of lingering discomfort in his left middle finger. EE jammed the finger in late July and hasn’t really had time to fully recover.
He also sat out of Sunday afternoon’s series finale at Yankee Stadium, a big 2-0 victory for Toronto.
Justin Smoak is starting at first base and Chris Colabello is at DH as the Blue Jays open a three-game set at home versus the visiting Athletics.
Encarnacion is considered day-to-day for now. The 32-year-old slugger has 21 home runs and 64 RBI in 104 games this season for the Jays, who are just 1 1/2 games back of the Yankees in the American League East standings.
Toronto’s scary lineup has a chance to be even scarier once rookie second baseman Devon Travis returns from a strained left shoulder, but it sounds like that won’t be for a while.
Travis was placed on the disabled list after re-injuring his shoulder in late July and initially said he hoped to return after the minimum 15 days, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Ben Nicholson-Smith of Toronto Sportsnet that the team is not expecting him back until September.
When healthy enough to be in the lineup Travis has been fantastic for the Blue Jays as a 24-year-old rookie, hitting .304 with eight homers, 18 doubles, and an .859 OPS in 62 games. In his absence Ryan Goins has been Toronto’s primary second baseman, but he’s hit just .228 with a .612 OPS.
It was a rough day at the office for the Yankees yesterday. Not only did the Blue Jays beat them for the third straight game, but their fans beat up on them pretty good too. And I’m not talking about booing. I mean that they literally beat up on them.
First, after Jose Bautista’s fourth inning homer, a fan in the left field stands threw the ball back onto the field. Rather than falling harmlessly on the grass, it smacked Brett Gardner on the head on the fly:
Gardner got a mark on his head, but was otherwise fine. It’s easy to think of how that could have been way worse, though.
Then, in the ninth inning Mark Teixeira chased after a foul ball that was just barely making the stands along the first base line. After reaching in to make the play, a fan came booking after the loose ball and slammed into Teixeira’s arm:
Teixeira jawed pretty hard at the guy. As I probably would’ve too. That could’ve easily led to some sort of shoulder injury which could sink the Yankees season. All for a damn ball.
Folks: the Yankees are your team. Try not to injure them, OK?