Edwin Encarnacion’s left wrist feels better but there’s a chance he has played his last game of the season. The first baseman has not played since Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins due to a left wrist strain. Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wednesday that while Encarnacion wants to return he may be sidelined for the remainder of the year. “He could very well be if it doesn’t progress” Gibbons said. “There’s not a lot of time left.” Encarnacion still feels too much pain to hit off of a tee so he has not been able to test the strength of his wrist in recent days. He has battled wrist soreness throughout the season but that hasn’t stopped him from hitting 36 home runs and posting a .917 OPS in 139 games. Adam Lind will play first base for the Blue Jays against the Los Angeles Angels in place of Encarnacion Wednesday. There are 18 games remaining in the Blue Jays’ season which is scheduled to end Sept. 29. Encarnacion 30 has avoided the disabled list so far this season though he did miss games midseason due to hamstring soreness. With at least two years remaining on his contract with the Blue Jays after this year it stands to reason that the team will exercise caution for the remainder of the 2013 season.
Jays' Encarnacion could be shut down
Sportsnet | Sep 12