The Yankees dominated the Red Sox in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, but they lost something much more important after designated hitter Edwin Encarnación sustained a right wrist fracture on a hit-by-pitch. Prior to the conclusion of their doubleheader, the club placed Encarnación on the 10-day injured list and recalled first baseman Mike Ford from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The injury occurred in the bottom of the eighth inning. With two outs and two on, Encarnación went up to bat against Red Sox reliever Josh A. Smith. He worked a 2-2 count against the righty, then took an 87.1-m.p.h. slider off of his right wrist. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, he’ll be reevaluated by team doctors in the next 7-10 days, after which point the Yankees will have a better idea of his rehab timeline.
Encarnación was not immediately removed from the game following the HBP, but took first base and remained there until Gleyber Torres grounded out to end the inning in the next at-bat. He finished the game 3-for-4 with three base hits and a strikeout, bringing his 2019 totals to .240/.346/.518 with 30 home runs, 76 RBI, and an .864 OPS through 451 plate appearances.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted a proposal to the league concerning the 2020 season. The proposal includes a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.
Passan clarifies that among the players who choose to opt out, only those that are considered “high risk” would still receive their salaries. The others would simply receive service time. The union also proposed that the players receive a non-refundable $100 million sum advance during what would essentially be Spring Training 2.
If the regular season were to begin in early July, as has often been mentioned as the target, that would give the league four months to cram in 114 games. There would have to be occasional double-headers, or the players would have to be okay with few off-days. Nothing has been mentioned about division realignment or a geographically-oriented schedule, but those could potentially ease some of the burden.
Last week, the owners made their proposal to the union, suggesting a “sliding scale” salary structure. The union did not like that suggestion. Players were very vocal about it, including on social media as Max Scherzer — one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee — made a public statement. The owners will soon respond to the union’s proposal. They almost certainly won’t be happy with many of the details, but the two sides can perhaps find a starting point and bridge the gap. As the calendar turns to June, time is running out for the two sides to hammer out an agreement on what a 2020 season will look like.