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Edwin Encarnacion is day to day with a bruised hand

Jun 4, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion was plunked by the wild Daniel Bard yesterday and had to leave the game.  Good news, though: x-rays came back negative and it seems he just has some bruising. He’s day-to-day. The Jays are off today too, so he has a little extra time.

Encarnacion is having a career year, hitting .279/.348/.578 with 17 homers.  Here’s hoping his owie doesn’t derail it.

Oh, and per my obligations:

  1. cur68 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    E5 getting that shot in the hand was the cherry on top of the cup of crap that was Bard’s pitching. I was happy to see the runs, but the shots to Escobar’s hand, then E5’s was too much. What with Morrow and Alvarez both taking come-backer hits off the landing leg in consecutive days, it was almost surreal to see 2 valuable players go down like they’d been shot in one game. Was anyone surprised to see Youkalis get hit in the shoulder? Crazy stuff in that game.

  2. ajcardsfan - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Craig, everybody knows that it wasn’t an “owie”. Any “owies” that occur in the majors from wild pitches are upgraded to “f*** that hurts”

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    I initially missed seeing the pitch, because I was in Milton when it happened and according to Craig’s handy plot of Bard’s pitches, none of them reached Milton. I did see the replay a couple of times when I got home and Encarnacion was in too much pain to charge the mound and punch Bard out.

  4. stabonerichard - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Bard has been a mess this year, and was especially wild yesterday. It almost led to a significant injury for Encarnacion; as Craig mentions hopefully this doesn’t turn into a lingering issue that derails his fantastic season.

    With that in mind, I have no problem with the Jays hitting Youkilis to send a basic message that, intentional or not, the Sox were going to protect their guys. In other words, there are potential consequences with having a guy on the mound who is clearly erratic and doesn’t have good control of where his 90+ mph pitches are ending up. There are proper ways of dealing with this and maintaining a reasonable order; similar to fighting in hockey.

    The problem yesterday was, Youk got hit well above the waist. His immediate reaction showed that he understood he was going to be hit, but he was very animated about the fact the pitch should have been thrown lower at him. Intentionally throwing a pitch that ends up near a guy’s shoulders/neck/head area is just inexcusable, under any circumstances. Today’s pitchers continue to demonstrate, time & time again, they don’t know how and/or are incapable of handling/executing these situations. And that’s when things get out of hand. It’d be like in hockey if instead of dropping the gloves a guy wacks somebody in the shoulders/neck with his stick. It’s ridiculous, but it doesn’t mean there’s no place for retailiation. Many fans don’t like/understand this aspect of the competition (at the professional level), but in baseball especially it’s largely because players just don’t handle these situations very well.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      As far as Youk being, hit, it sure looked as if it was just a pitch that got away from Hutchinson. I do not remember the count, but I think that it was about the 4th pitch in the at bat. Furthermore, it makes much more sense to throw at Ortiz than Youk if you are trying to retaliate.

    • cur68 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Boner, on the whole, I tend to agree: Youk got hit on purpose and that should have been a low pitch if it was intentional. However, I don’t think hitting batters with pitches is at all the right thing to do. Someone could get hurt badly. Retaliation is all well and good, but I’d way rather see the batter charge the mound than a 90+mph FB to any part of someone’s body. Those guys fight like 10 year olds anyways (except Nolan Ryan: he knew how to throw down), so way less chances of injury.

  5. stabonerichard - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Well, each time another pitcher airmails a pitch over a guy’s head, behind him, or like yesterday up around the shoulders… I tend to agree, they need to just get rid of beanballs altogether. But IMO, this would be similar to banning fighting in hockey… ultimately, counterproductive.

    This has been part of the game throughout history, but for whatever reason it seems to be a lost art over the past couple decades. There are probably multiple factors, but I think the biggest reason is that this generation of pitchers, by & large, is just not confident/effective pitching inside on a consistent basis. So that’s the core issue, then you compound it with guys being amped in this type of situation and simply not able to handle & execute the moment.

    But for the guys who can, hitting a batter below the waist is not going to result in significant injury. But it’s still enough of a pain in the ass (sometimes literally) to be a deterrent. Again, very similar to hockey as I see it. Dropping the gloves isn’t putting guys out of action for extended periods of time, but it’s definitely gonna be in the back of any hockey player’s mind enough to help maintain reasonble order on the ice.

    But occassionally things get out of handle and escalate. In baseball, that’s where charging the mound comes in. I’d have been fine with Youk charging the mound yesterday, given where the pitch hit him. But I also understand his restraint, as it would’ve earned him a suspension and hurt the team. I think it’d be silly, however, if every time retaliation was warranted a guy being plunked in the ass and taking a base was replaced with guys charging the mound and the ensuing ring-around-the-rosie that happens in the middle of the diamond.

  6. stabonerichard - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    And the suggestion that teams should *let MLB handle these matters*… heh heh, right.

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