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.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.