Edwin Encarnacion exits ALCS Game 1 with apparent finger injury

The Associated Press
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Update (11:32 PM EDT): X-rays were negative. Encarnacion is considered day-to-day with a ligament sprain in his left middle finger, Rosenthal reports.

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Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion was curiously pinch-hit for in the top of the eighth inning on Friday night during ALCS Game 1 against the Royals. It turns out the slugger underwent a precautionary X-ray on his finger or knuckle, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Justin Smoak batted for Encarnacion with runners on first and second with one out, but hit a foul pop-up to first baseman Eric Hosmer. Encarnacion finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

More about Encarnacion’s condition should be known shortly or on Saturday.