Encarnacion on DL with left wrist sprain

Encarnacion on DL with left wrist sprain

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays placed third baseman Edwin Encarnacion on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left wrist following Saturday's 5-4 win over the Tigers. Encarnacion injured his hand during a swing in his final at-bat.

The Blue Jays recalled utility man Mike McCoy from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Encarnacion on the active roster. McCoy, who can play multiple positions, will move to Toronto's bench, and veteran infielder John McDonald will receive regular playing time at third base while Encarnacion is sidelined.

"I like McCoy," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "I like him for his versatility. He can play anywhere for you. He's not the hitter that Encarnacion is, but he certainly can play a lot of positions for you."

McCoy opened the season with the Blue Jays, hitting .200 off the bench over 29 games. In 53 games for Triple-A Las Vegas, he hit .310 with six home runs, 14 doubles, 26 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and a .411 on-base percentage.

Gaston said he does not want to move right fielder Jose Bautista to third base, because he does not like the defensive combination of Fred Lewis and Travis Snider in the outfield corners.

Encarnacion, who went 1-for-3 in Saturday's win, had surgery to repair damage in his left wrist over the offseason. This year, the third baseman has hit .246 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs for Toronto.