Edwin Encarnacion out again Wednesday with finger injury, but hopes to return Thursday

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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.

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.