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Edwin Encarnacion | First Baseman

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Edwin Encarnacion launched two solo home runs as the Blue Jays trampled the Orioles in a win on Tuesday.
The first homer sparked a six-run second inning as he laced a Bud Norris offering over the fence in center field. In the bottom of the sixth, with the Jays already up 10-3, Encarnacion turned on a Brian Matusz pitch to send it into the upper deck at the Rogers Centre. He finished 2-for-5 on the evening. Apart from Tuesday's effort, Encarnacion has been quiet at the dish as he owns a .218/.262/.455 triple-slash line with four home runs and eight RBI, but we're not worried his struggles are long-lasting. Apr 21 - 10:02 PM

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Edwin Encarnacion homered and singled Thursday as the Blue Jays topped the Yankees 6-3.

Encarnacion might have scared some potential fantasy suitors away with his back soreness this spring, but it hasn't been an issue for him since he returned to the lineup March 26. He went 5-for-12 with two homers in the series against the Yankees.
Apr 9 - 10:21 PM

Edwin Encarnacion cranked a two-run shot Monday in the Blue Jays' Opening Day victory over the Yankees.

Encarnacion's jack to left field capped off a five-run third inning for the visiting Jays. The 32-year-old slugger should again be a fantasy monster in 2015.
Apr 6 - 4:30 PM

Edwin Encarnacion homered in a second straight game Wednesday as the Blue Jays topped a Red Sox split-squad 9-7.

Encarnacion crushed one off Steven Wright today. He also walked. It seems as though he's found his swing after missing a couple of weeks due to back soreness.
Apr 1 - 5:35 PM

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer and walked in the Blue Jays' 10-6 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday.

It's the first spring homer for EE, who entered the day just 1-for-15 after missing a couple of weeks with back soreness. In part because of the back, it looks like he'll DH a lot more than he plays first base, at least in the early going. Justin Smoak and Danny Valencia figure to share first-base duties, with Smoak playing versus righties.
Mar 31 - 5:11 PM

Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-1 with two walks in his return to Toronto's lineup on Thursday.

Encarnacion hadn't played since March 8 because of back soreness. He started hitting in minor league games Tuesday.
Mar 26 - 5:24 PM

Edwin Encarnacion (back) will play in a minor league game Tuesday.

Encarnacion has been sidelined for about two weeks with back soreness, but he's doing much better now. The plan calls for him to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday, which should give him plenty of time to get tuned up for the season.
Mar 24 - 11:18 AM

Edwin Encarnacion (back) will hit off a tee on Wednesday and take batting practice Thursday.

Encarnacion has been sidelined for about a week with back soreness, but he's slowly increasing baseball activities. The hope is that he could be ready to return to game action at some point next week.
Mar 18 - 11:41 AM

The Blue Jays hope to have Edwin Encarnacion ready to return to Grapefruit League action in seven days.

Encarnacion hit off a tee Tuesday and will take batting practice later this week. The Blue Jays remain confident that the slugger will be fine by the time Opening Day rolls around, though he could be given a little extra rest early in the season. "Feeling better; I talked to him before the off-day and he's not concerned at all," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "I said, 'No concern on your end about being ready for Opening Day?' And he said 'Absolutely not.' He'll be ready to go. The MRI was clean, just a little bit of inflammation. He's absolutely confident he's going to be fine. I think he's supposed to hit here this week and we'll get him going soon."
Mar 17 - 10:53 PM

Edwin Encarnacion (back) will resume hitting on Tuesday.

Encarnacion has missed the past week of action with a sore back. It's not clear when he might be cleared for Grapefruit League play, but the Blue Jays figure to ease him into things in the designated hitter spot initially. Encarnacion is expected to spend most of his time at first base during the season.
Mar 15 - 12:29 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday that Edwin Encarnacion's back is still limiting his movements.

There's a chance that he could be cleared to DH in the next four-to-five days, though his status remains in question. Fortunately, a precautionary MRI on Tuesday revealed only inflammation in his back and no structural damage. While it appears he'll be ready for the start of the regular season, fantasy owners should continue to monitor this situation closely.
Mar 14 - 11:37 AM

Edwin Encarnacion (back) continues to suffer from inflammation in his back and might not see game-action until next week.

The Blue Jays will take it slow with Encarnacion. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed the inflammation. He'll be reevaluated next week, but the injury appears to be relatively minor. Encarnacion hit 34 home runs in 2014 and is an integral part of the Blue Jays' offense.
Mar 11 - 9:10 AM

Edwin Encarnacion will be shut down for around 4-5 days after an MRI revealed inflammation in his lower back.

The good news is that it doesn't sound like a long-term concern. Encarnacion should be fine for the start of the season assuming the soreness doesn't linger.
Mar 10 - 9:18 AM

Edwin Encarnacion is dealing with lower right back soreness and will go for a precautionary MRI.

Encarnacion is hopeful that he'll only have to miss a few days, but he'll undergo tests just to be certain that it's nothing more than that. "It's something I want to make sure is right and I want to make sure before I continue," said Encarnacion.
Mar 10 - 8:57 AM

The Blue Jays have decided to use Edwin Encarnacion at first base this season.

The club had previously indicated that Encarnacion would be the primary designated hitter, but they've reversed course. Encarnacion has had some back issues in the past, so he'll likely still see some time in the DH spot when he needs a mini-breather. Justin Smoak, Daric Barton, Danny Valencia and Dioner Navarro are candidates to handle DH duties.
Feb 23 - 6:59 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3Jonathan Diaz
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Kevin Pillar
CF1Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Marco Estrada
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brett Cecil
2Miguel Castro
3Aaron Loup
4Preston Guilmet
5Roberto Osuna
6Liam Hendriks
7Jeff Francis
8Andrew Albers