The Blue Jays have an off-day on Monday, which will allow the veteran first baseman to have two full days of rest. Encarnacion remains optimistic that is all the time he will need, and he could possibly start on Tuesday in Toronto against the Angels.
Encarnacion is hitting .276 with a .375 on-base percentage along with 36 home runs and 104 RBIs in 139 games. He is attempting to become the first Blue Jays player to hit at least 40 homers in back-to-back seasons since Jose Bautista did it in 2010-11.
Right fielder Moises Sierra made his return to the Blue Jays lineup on Sunday, just one day after he departed a game against Minnesota because of tightness in his lower back. Sierra wasn't expected to miss much time. He arrived at Target Field on Sunday morning and was given the green light to start by the club's medical staff.
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