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Edwin Encarnacion | Designated Hitter | #10

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 9 (0) / TEX
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Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Indians' loss to the Yankees in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday.
Encarnacion gave it his best shot, but it was pretty obvious that his timing was off on Wednesday. Outside of a long foul ball, he didn't make any hard contact and he took several pitches down the middle of the plate, including the one that struck him out in the bottom of the ninth against Aroldis Chapman. Encarnacion was a key reason why Cleveland was here in the first place, but it's unfortunate that his gruesome Game 2 ankle injury essentially eliminated him from this series. Oct 12 - 12:10 AM

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Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) is starting at DH and batting cleanup in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday night against the Yankees.

Encarnacion left Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday after suffering an ugly-looking right ankle injury on a play at second base, but he was able to do running drills and take on-field batting practice during Tuesday's off-day team workout at Progressive Field and the veteran slugger is a go for this loser-goes-home tilt. The full lineup for Cleveland versus Yankees lefty CC Sabathia: Francisco Lindor SS, Jason Kipnis CF, Jose Ramirez 2B, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Carlos Santana 1B, Austin Jackson LF, Jay Bruce RF, Roberto Perez C, Giovanny Urshela 3B. Corey Kluber will be on the mound.
Oct 11 - 3:48 PM

Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) went through a series of running drills on Tuesday afternoon.

He also took batting practice during the Indians' off-day workout at Progressive Field. Encarnacion hasn't made an appearance since spraining his right ankle on a play at second base in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, but it looks like the veteran slugger will be ready to start at DH in Wednesday night's winner-advances Game 5 against the Yankees.
Oct 10 - 7:00 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that the club believes Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) will be available for Game 5 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Wednesday.

It's unclear whether this means Encarnacion will be ready to return to the starting lineup or available strictly as a pinch-hitter. The veteran slugger hasn't played since spraining his right ankle in a play at second base in Game 2 on Friday.
Oct 10 - 3:42 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona is hopeful that Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) will be available for Game 5 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Wednesday.

"I don't know yet. How do you know?" said Francona. "I would hope so. I hope." Francona said before Game 4 on Monday that Encarnacion was "working towards" being available as a pinch-hitter, but he still hasn't played since spraining his right ankle in Game 2 on Friday. Removing him from the roster would make him ineligible to play in the ALCS, so the Indians are willing to wait things out.
Oct 10 - 8:55 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said before Monday's ALDS Game 4 that Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) is "working towards" being available as a pinch-hitter.

Tito wouldn't commit either way, though. "If you see him strolling up to the plate, he's available," the skipper said. Encarnacion hasn't started the last two contests after spraining his right ankle in Game 2, and it's unclear whether he has a shot to start Game 5.
Oct 9 - 4:55 PM

Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) is absent from the Indians' lineup again for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Monday.

It's not a big surprise. Encarnacion sprained his right ankle on Friday and was reportedly still using a walking boot and crutches on Sunday. He's being called day-to-day, but it's unclear when he'll realistically be able to return to action. The full lineup for Cleveland: Francisco Lindor SS, Jason Kipnis CF, Jose Ramirez 2B, Jay Bruce RF, Carlos Santana 1B, Michael Brantley DH, Lonnie Chisenhall LF, Roberto Perez C, Giovanny Urshela 3B. Trevor Bauer will start on short rest for the Indians while Luis Severino will pitch for the Yankees.
Oct 9 - 3:47 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) still had a walking boot and crutches when the left the clubhouse on Sunday night.

Encarnacion sat out Game 3 on Sunday after he sprained his right ankle during Friday's game. The Indians are calling him day-to-day, but he appears to be a longshot to play in Game 4 on Monday.
Oct 9 - 9:53 AM

Indians' manager Terry Francona indicated that Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) will not be available off the bench for Sunday's Game 3 of the ALDS.

The veteran slugger sustained a bad ankle sprain during Friday's game against the Yankees, so the fact that he isn't ready to return yet isn't surprising. Michael Brantley is serving as the club's DH on Sunday against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees.
Oct 8 - 5:15 PM

Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) is not in the Indians' lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Yankees.

Encarnacion suffered an ankle sprain during Friday's game and is considered day-to-day. Here's how the Indians will lineup up without him against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees on Sunday: Francisco Lindor SS, Jason Kipnis CF, Jose Ramirez 2B, Jay Bruce RF, Carlos Santana 1B, Austin Jackson LF, Michael Brantley DH, Roberto Perez C, Giovanny Urshela 3B.
Oct 8 - 4:34 PM

Indians' manager Terry Francona said Saturday that he's uncertain of Edwin Encarnacion's (ankle) availability for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

Encarnacion sprained his right ankle during Friday's game against the Yankees. If he is unable to go, Michael Brantley is likely to serve as the club's designated hitter for a potential series-clinching victory.
Oct 7 - 4:10 PM

Edwin Encarnacion was pulled from Friday's game against the Yankees with a sprained right ankle.

It didn't look good, as Encarnacion appeared to badly sprain the ankle in the first inning as he was going back into second base to try to avoid a double play. He had to be helped off the field and could not put any weight on his leg. The Indians are only saying for now that Encarnacion will be evaluated further, but it certainly looked like an injury that might knock him out for a while. Michael Brantley, who's coming back from an ankle injury of his own, suddenly looks like he could be a key player for the Tribe.
Oct 6 - 6:02 PM

Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-2 with two walks, a run and an RBI in a win over the Twins on Wednesday.

He singled home the game's first run in the first inning. He singled again in the fourth inning and scored when Yan Gomes was plunked by a pitch with the bases loaded. The veteran designated hitter got off to a very slow start in his first season with the Indians but has turned things around to the tune of a .261/.381/.510 slash line with 38 homers, 104 RBI and 95 runs scored in 153 games.
Sep 27 - 11:39 PM

Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI versus the Twins on Tuesday.

The start was awfully slow, but Encarnacion has his OPS all of the way up to .885, a practical match for last year's .886 mark with the Jays. The four RBI tonight put him over 100 for the fifth time in his career (he'd have six in a row if not for being limited to 98 in 128 games in 2014). He needs two more homers to reach 40 for the third time.
Sep 26 - 11:13 PM

Edwin Encarnacion blasted a two-run homer in the fourth inning in a victory over Kansas City on Sunday.

You can't help but wonder how good Encarnacion's numbers would be if he had gotten off to a stronger start. Even still, Cleveland will take an .877 OPS, 36 homers and 94 RBI. He's a critical reason why Cleveland will be playing in October this year.
Sep 17 - 4:56 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Francisco Mejia
4Eric Haase
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Erik Gonzalez
3Rob Refsnyder
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Willi Castro
3Yu-Cheng Chang
4Eric Stamets
5Drew Maggi
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
2Abraham Almonte
CF1Bradley Zimmer
2Greg Allen
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Tyler Naquin
DH1Yandy Diaz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Josh Tomlin
5Mike Clevinger
6Danny Salazar
7Cody Anderson
8Ryan Merritt
9Julian Merryweather
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Joe Smith
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Nick Goody
7Tyler Olson
8Craig Breslow
9Shawn Morimando
10Shawn Armstrong
11Jeff Beliveau
12Leonel Campos