Edwin Encarnacion is day-to-day with a sprained right ankle

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Indians’ designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion wants to play in the postseason again, and if the club advances past the ALDS tomorrow, he’s likely to get that opportunity. Until then, however, he’s day-to-day with a right ankle sprain after turning his foot on second base during Friday’s 13-inning nail-biter over the Yankees.

Encarnacion sustained the injury in the first inning, when he was doubled off of second base and tried to get back to the bag. As he stepped on the base, his ankle twisted and he tumbled to the ground.

While an MRI didn’t reveal any significant damage, his ankle is still very swollen and will need to improve rapidly if the Indians need him to contribute during the remainder of the series. Club manager Terry Francona told reporters that he has yet to confirm Encarnacion’s status for Game 3 and will see how he responds to treatment first. It seems likely that Michael Brantley will step in at DH if need be.

The Indians currently lead the Yankees 2-0 in the Division Series and could wrap it all up by Sunday, when Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco takes on Masahiro Tanaka at Yankee Stadium for a potential Game 3 clincher.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.