Encarnacion staying at DH to rest sore heel

Encarnacion staying at DH to rest sore heel

Encarnacion staying at DH to rest sore heel
SEATTLE -- Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion was limited to designated-hitter duties for the second consecutive game on Wednesday night because of a left heel injury.

The relatively minor ailment began bothering Encarnacion three days ago and has kept him from taking part in any defensive responsibilities. The hope is that additional rest as a DH will help stop the issue before it becomes more problematic.

"It's nothing that's a big problem," said Encarnacion, who went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Seattle. "I want to take a couple of games at DH, it's feeling better.

"I'm running a lot and playing first base every day now, that's maybe the difference. I'll be all right, it's nothing big."

Encarnacion expects to remain at DH through the upcoming four-game series in Oakland. The plan would then be to get back on the field for the start of a three-game set in Florida on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Encarnacion is currently hitting .290 with a team-high 28 home runs and 72 RBIs in 101 games this season.