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Edwin Encarnacion leaves the Yankees-Indians game with an ankle injury


A scary scene unfolded in Cleveland a few minutes ago, where the New York Yankees are taking on the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of their American League Division Series.

Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion reached base via a HBP in the first inning and then advanced to second on a Carlos Santana RBI single. The next batter, Jay Bruce, lined out to shortstop, and Encarnacion was doubled off. In his attempt to get back to the bag, however, he stepped awkwardly on second base, turning his ankle and crumbling to the ground:

The Indians have announced that he has a sprained ankle, but there is a wide range in the severity of such injuries, so it will not be known how long Encarnacion will be out until he has been more thoroughly evaluated.

As of this writing the Indians lead the Yankees 3-2 after two innings of play.

Sean Doolittle to miss more time with stress reaction in bridge of left foot

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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle will miss more time than expected as he is dealing with a stress reaction in the bridge of his left foot, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports. Doolittle started feeling soreness in his left foot two weeks ago and went on the 10-day disabled list on July 10, retroactive to the 7th.

According to Zuckerman, Doolittle’s injury is similar to a bone bruise. The lefty will stop his rehab program and will likely miss several more weeks than expected. The injury caused Doolittle to not participate in the All-Star Game, but his hope was to return shortly after the second half began.

Doolittle, 31, has 22 saves and a 1.45 ERA with a 49/3 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings for the Nationals this season. Kelvin Herrera will likely get the lion’s share of save chances while Doolittle is out.