Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion is out of the lineup Wednesday for the third game in a row with a left middle finger injury that he suffered in late July.
The issue flared up over the weekend in New York and he hasn’t appeared in a game since Saturday. But it’s looking like EE will avoid the disabled list.
MLB.com’s Jamie Ross says that Encarnacion is scheduled to take batting practice prior to Thursday afternoon’s series finale against the A’s and could be inserted into the lineup if the workout goes well.
“It’s a little frustrating,” Encarnacion told reporters on Wednesday evening in Toronto. “The way I’ve been swinging the last couple of weeks, been swinging good, my timing is getting better, and now I’ve gotta deal with my finger. It’s tough.”
The 32-year-old is batting .251/.349/.476 with 21 home runs and 64 RBI this season for the Blue Jays, who are just a half-game back of the Yankees for first place in the American League East standings.
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.