Indians place Edwin Encarnacion on 10-day disabled list

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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.

Cubs, RHP Taillon reportedly agree to 4-year contract

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SAN DIEGO — The Chicago Cubs have added Jameson Taillon to their rotation, agreeing to a four-year contract with the right-hander that is worth roughly $68 million.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Cubs haven’t formally announced the move, but President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer said the team has been looking at Taillon for a long time.

“I think he’s a really good starting pitcher,” Hoyer said at baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego. “He’s been really consistent. I think he’s continued to get better as he’s gotten healthier in his career. I think he’s showed the promise he had.”

The 31-year-old Taillon is coming off a solid season with the New York Yankees, going 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA. He matched his career high with 32 starts and worked 177 1/3 innings, his best total since he logged 191 innings in 2018.

The move puts Taillon back in the NL Central after he began his career with Pittsburgh. Taillon made his major league debut in 2016 and went 29-24 with a 3.67 ERA in 82 starts in his first four seasons with the Pirates.

Taillon missed the 2020 season after he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow for a second time. He was traded to the Yankees in January 2021 for four prospects.

“Since he’s been healthy, beginning with the Yankees, I think he’s pitched really well,” Hoyer said. “Yeah, I think there’s still more in the tank. But obviously we’re excited to get him. He’s a guy we targeted at the beginning of the offseason.”

Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, moves into a rotation that also includes Marcus Stroman, who finalized a $71 million, three-year contract last December. Kyle Hendricks is hoping to return to form after he missed the last part of the season with shoulder trouble.

Chicago went 74-88 this year and finished third in the NL Central. But it went 40-31 in its last 71 games. The rotation had a 2.89 ERA after the All-Star break, third in the majors behind the Astros (2.70) and Dodgers (2.73).

The Cubs also got Cody Bellinger on Tuesday, agreeing to a $17.5 million, one-year contract with the 2019 NL MVP. Bellinger figures to play center field, but he also could get some work at first base.

The team could add another starting pitcher, and it is monitoring the shortstop market.

“Really glad with the two guys that we are able to potentially come to an agreement with while we’re here,” Hoyer said. “And obviously a lot of offseason left.”