Indians first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hand contusion. Encarnacion was lifted in the first inning of Friday’s 1-0 loss to the White Sox and there was some concern that he might have sustained a left biceps injury, but an MRI failed to uncover anything substantial.
The bruise on his right hand, meanwhile, dates back to a hit-by-pitch on July 15. While Encarnacion has been receiving treatment for the bruise, manager Terry Francona pointed out that he’s also been overcompensating for his lack of mobility (as Encarnacion himself put it, he’s “swinging with one hand,” which could very well aggravate a more serious injury) and could use the extra time to rest and rehabilitate before the club makes its final push for the postseason this fall. The 35-year-old slugger has slashed just .229/.317/.461 with 25 home runs and a .778 OPS in 442 PA this year.
In a corresponding move, infielder Yandy Diaz has been called up from Triple-A Columbus to take Encarnacion’s spot on the roster. Diaz, 26, has seen just four games at the major-league level in 2018, during which he went 7-for-14 with a triple and two RBI. He’s impressed at the Triple-A level too, batting .293/.409/.388 with 27 extra-base hits and 40 RBI in 426 PA.
Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman might be headed to the disabled list soon, manager John Gibbons told reporters following Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Yankees. The righty lasted just four innings on the mound before calling it a night, and gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in a performance that Gibbons claimed was at least partially affected by recurring blister issues on his right middle finger. Now, it looks like he might be removed from the rotation for some much-needed rest and rehabilitation; if so, it’ll be his second such stint this year.
Stroman, 27, has struggled to return the kind of winning record and sub-4.00 ERA that characterized his previous seasons with the club, mostly due to the combined seven weeks he missed with blisters on his throwing hand and chronic fatigue in his right shoulder. In a recent start against the Rays, things got even more gruesome when his blister appeared to start bleeding in the middle of his outing and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that the wound has constantly interfered with the right-hander’s pitch selection and delivery. When healthy, Stroman has managed a 4-8 record through 18 starts in 2018 with a career-worst 5.27 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 in 100 2/3 innings. This will be the first year since 2015 in which he has not logged at least 200 innings in a single season.
While Stroman may not need an extended stay on the DL before he returns to the mound, it’s not clear what kind of timetable the Blue Jays expect for his recovery. He’s been the second-most valuable starter (behind the now-traded J.A. Happ) in a rotation that currently ranks 17th in the majors with a combined 4.90 ERA and 6.8 fWAR.