Edwin Encarnacion out 4-5 days with back injury

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Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion will be sidelined for at least 4-5 days after an MRI exam on his injured back revealed inflammation.

Encarnacion has had some previous back issues, but a week off has always done the trick and the Blue Jays are hopeful it’s once again nothing major.

Slated to be Toronto’s everyday designated hitter this season, Encarnacion hit .268 with 34 homers last season despite missing six weeks with a quadriceps injury and topped a .900 OPS for the third consecutive year at age 31.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.