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.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.