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Two weeks ago, the Blue Jays shut down Jose Bautista (hip) for the season. Now it’s fellow slugger Edwin Encarnacion’s turn.
Encarnacion has dealt with discomfort in his left wrist for much of the season, which makes his 36 home runs all the more impressive. The wrist had become increasingly painful over the last two weeks, necessitating the shutdown. He’ll have surgery on the wrist soon.
"It's not a good feeling to have surgery, but I'm happy to get it done, because it has been bothering me a lot every swing I make," Encarnacion said on MLB.com. "I just want to get it done. The last couple of weeks were worse. Every swing I make I've been feeling it, so I can't swing it like that anymore."
While it’s unfortunate for fantasy owners that could have used E5 down the stretch, the good news is that the surgery isn’t considered serious. He’s expected to need two months of rehab, as compared to the four months Bautista needed for his rehab following last September’s wrist operation. E5 will be ready to roll when spring training comes around.
The Royals lost a very important game to the Indians Tuesday, but they did get a glimpse into the bright future of one of their young hurlers.
Yordano Ventura held the Tribe to one run over 5 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts. The lone run the Indians scored off the young fireballer came with two outs in the sixth when Michael Brantley managed to turn around a 100 mph fastball.
The Royals’ vaunted bullpen coughed up three runs in the final three frames to blow Ventura’s win, but it doesn’t take the shine off of the 22-year-old’s impressive debut. According to Brooks Baseball, Ventura averaged 97.66 mph with his four-seamer and topped out at a ridiculous 102.49 mph. He also snapped off a handful of devastating curveballs. He got just four swing-and-miss strikes, but with his stuff, more of those should be coming.
Ventura has surely earned another shot next week, and with Danny Duffy (forearm) likely out for the season, he might get two more chances. The first would be a juicy matchup against the Mariners in Seattle.
No Surgery for Harvey... Yet
Matt Harvey won’t have surgery yet to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, but the right-hander is far from out of the woods.
Harvey will begin a throwing program soon that’s scheduled to last 6-8 weeks, though if he has a “red flag” at any point during the program, he’ll shut things down and go under the knife.
"Any pitcher can throw any pitch at any time and have an issue," Harvey told MLB.com. "There's no way to know how long a particular ligament is going to last, healthy or not. I know one thing: I'll put all the rehab and time in to making sure it doesn't happen. If we cross that line through the process or later down the road, then at that time things need to be [reevaluated]."
The timing works out so that Harvey really doesn’t have anything to lose by attempting to rehab the injury initially. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, well, he was going to miss all of the 2014 season whether he had surgery now or in two months, and he should be ready for the start of 2015 in either scenario.
"There could be a decision made at any time," general manager Sandy Alderson added. "But the one thing that's important to keep in mind is that we don't believe, even with two months invested in this program, that it will affect 2015 if surgery is ultimately necessary."
National League Quick Hits: David Wright (hamstring) wasn’t activated as hoped Tuesday and likely won’t return until at least this weekend ... Matt Kemp went 4-for-4 with three RBI in his return to the lineup Tuesday ... Marco Scutaro may be done for the year due to tendon damage in his left pinkie finger ... Angel Pagan went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday’s win over the Mets ... Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI in the Reds' victory Tuesday ... Chase Utley homered and drove in four runs for the second straight night in Tuesday's win over the Marlins ... Stephen Strasburg (forearm) is on track to start Thursday against the Marlins ... Tanner Roark went seven scoreless innings in a win over the Braves Tuesday and now boasts a 1.08 ERA over 41 2/3 frames ... Wilin Rosario left Tuesday's game against the Cardinals after aggravating his calf injury ... The Cubs have decided to move Josh Vitters from third base to left field ... Kyle Kendrick was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday due to shoulder discomfort ... Starling Marte had a single in three at-bats Tuesday in his first start since August 18 ... Matt Reynolds will undergo Tommy John surgery next Tuesday ...
American League Quick Hits: Miguel Cabrera hit his first September homer in the Tigers' win over the Mariners Tuesday ... Leonys Martin went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run in a win over the Rays Tuesday ... Alexi Ogando allowed one run over five innings in his return to the rotation Tuesday ... Colby Rasmus slugged his 21st home run of the season Tuesday, giving him one in each of his three games since coming off the DL ... Felipe Paulino underwent surgery on his right shoulder last week to have a cyst removed and his rotator cuff and labrum cleaned up ... Hector Santiago will only make one more start this season as the White Sox curtail his innings ... Yoenis Cespedes has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his right shoulder, but he’ll play through it ... Justin Masterson (oblique) is a little ahead of schedule and hoping to make it back for a couple starts this season ... Brett Cecil (elbow) has been shut down for the season but is optimistic about avoiding surgery ... Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 batters for the second straight start in a no-decision versus the Mariners Tuesday ... The Rays will recall Jake Odorizzi Friday, and he could be an option to take Jeremy Hellickson’s spot in the rotation ... R.A. Dickey hurled seven scoreless innings while fanning eight in Tuesday’s win over the Yankees ...