Daily Dose: The End For Edwin?Thursday, September 12, 2013
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The latest superstar may have bit the dust on Wednesday.
After a sore wrist forced Edwin Encarnacion to miss a few games to start the week, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wednesday that he's unsure whether the soreness will subside in time to allow the 30-year-old to return this season.
It comes as a shock after the club was hopeful Encarnacion would be able to return as soon as Tuesday. He was being considered day-to-day until Wednesday's news, but obviously the Blue Jays will exercise caution with their star.
If it is a season-ending ailment for Encarnacion, he'll join teammate Jose Bautista, Braves outfielder Jason Heyward and Mets pitcher Matt Harvey as stars whose seasons have been ended prematurely due to injury. Other stars like Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Kemp and Allen Craig are also in danger of not returning before the season ends.
As for who would replace Encarnacion, the Blue Jays don't have many new or exciting options for the season's final three weeks. The possible return of Colby Rasmus could free up Moises Sierra to spend more time as the designated hitter, as Adam Lind will see the majority of the playing time at first base. Sierra has hit .291/.344/.545 in limited time thus far this year and could be a helpful player in AL-only leagues if Encarnacion is indeed done. Anthony Gose would also be in line for more at-bats and could be of service for owners in those leagues looking for steals.
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Captain Not Coming Back
Less open for interpretation is Derek Jeter's situation.
The Yankees placed their shortstop on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, ending the 39-year-old's season. Jeter played in just 17 games this year while dealing with a surgically repaired ankle.
"The entire year has pretty much been a nightmare physically," Jeter said at a news confererence on Wednesday. "So I guess it’s fitting that it ends like this, huh?"
Jeter and the Yankees decided to shut it down for fear of further injuring the ankle.
"The worst-case scenario is a break," Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. "We cannot be in that position to have a break, because then you could be talking about a career-ending situation if he rebroke that thing. And we’re not going to put him in that position."
As it is, the Yankees will try to sneak into the playoffs with Eduardo Nunez and Brendan Ryan at short. Ryan is a fantasy wasteland; Nunez has some hitting ability but will likely take a backseat to Ryan's defensive prowess down the stretch. The reality is that, even in AL-only leagues, the Yankees shortstop situation is avoidable for the first time in a long, long time.
Wright On Time?
While some players' seasons are over, at least one is still holding out hope for a return in 2013.
David Wright ran the bases on Wednesday and will do so again Thursday. If that goes well, he'll get back to baseball activities over the weekend with an eye on returning to the Mets' lineup sometime next week.
"I’m getting a little closer every day," Wright said Wednesday.
It'd be a huge coup for Wright owners who thought they wouldn't see the third baseman on the field again after he suffered a hamstring strain on August 2. Wright was hitting .309/.391/.512 at the time of the injury and could be an asset to fantasy teams over the final two weeks of the season. Snatch up Wright in any leagues where impatient owners might have hit the bail button too soon on the third baseman.
National League Quick Hits: Yadier Molina was away from the Cardinals on Wednesday due to a family situation. He's being considered day-to-day until more is known about the situation ... Jose Fernandez held the Braves to one run over seven innings in his last start of the season. The 21-year-old finishes the year 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA ... Johnny Cueto (back) threw a 60-pitch live batting practice session on Wednesday. He may be a candidate to rejoin the rotation if Tony Cingrani is forced to miss extended time with a back injury of his own ... Matt Kemp (ankle) ran on a treadmill Wednesday. The Dodgers are hoping he can get into a handful of games before October ... Ross Detwiler (back) threw a successful 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. He's still questionable to return this season ... an MRI of Paul Maholm's left elbow came back negative. He'll be skipped for one rotation turn before being re-evaluated ... Khris Davis (wrist) could return to the Brewers' lineup on Thursday. Davis hasn't played since last Wednesday due to inflammation ... Roy Oswalt will take Chad Bettis' spot in the Rockies rotation ... Chris Capuano (groin) threw off a mound Wednesday. He'll throw another bullpen session later this week before the Dodgers decide what role he'll occupy ... Bryce Harper (hip) returned to the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday ... Lance Lynn struck out 10 while allowing just an unearned run against the Brewers on Wednesday ... Santiago Casilla and Kyle Farnsworth both earned saves Wednesday while their teams' respective closers had the day off.
American League Quick Hits: Joe Mauer was sent home by the Twins after his concussion symptoms returned during a workout Wednesday. It's a step backward for the catcher ... Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs in the Athletics' 18-3 win on Wednesday. The outfielder is hitting .421 with seven multi-hit games in September ... Bud Norris was scratched from his Friday start due to right elbow soreness. Jason Hammel will make the start in his place ... Felix Doubront could rejoin the Red Sox rotation as early as next week. It sounds as though the Red Sox will go with a six-man rotation going forward ... Erik Bedard will rejoin the Astros rotation on Monday. He takes the place of Jarred Cosart, whose season is done after reaching his innings limit ... Phil Hughes will start for the Yankees on Thursday. Hughes owns a 5.11 ERA and isn't an advisable option for fantasy squads ... Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 batters in his 14th victory.