ST. PETERSBURG -- Edwin Encarnacion continues to play on an everyday
basis despite dealing with a minor back injury.
Encarnacion began experiencing pain in his back during a recent series
in Anaheim. He has been receiving regular treatment ever since, but his
recent transition from designated hitter to first base likely
compounded the issue.
The 28-year-old went through some light hitting drills prior to
Tuesday's game against the Rays before being cleared for action.
"He went down and swung the bat early in the cage and felt fine, or
felt well enough to be in the lineup tonight," Blue Jays manager John
Farrell said. "Any time you're dealing with a back, it's going to be
involving any type of movement. Most importantly, though, he felt OK
when swinging the bat early before the game."
Encarnacion, who started at DH on Tuesday, will continue to receive
regular playing time at first base following the departure of veteran
Adam Lind, but his overall workload at the position will be monitored.
The Dominican native entered play against the Rays hitting .262 with 13
home runs and 35 RBIs in 43 games this season.