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Blue Jays shut down Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Cecil

Sep 17, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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Edwin Encarnacion made a brief comeback from his wrist injury, playing in three games over the weekend, but the Blue Jays have decided to shut him down for the season with two weeks to go and the slugger will undergo surgery later this week.

Encarnacion finishes the season hitting .272 with 36 homers and a .904 OPS in 142 games, drawing more walks (82) than strikeouts (62) to continue his transformation into one of the league’s most dangerous hitters.

Toronto also announced that All-Star reliever Brett Cecil won’t pitch again this year because of elbow problems, with Gregor Chisholm of reporting that he’s been bothered by the injury for the past month. Cecil posted a 2.82 ERA in 61 innings overall, but pitched just three times in September and logged a total of just 9.1 innings since August 1 as the Blue Jays limited his workload due to the injury.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    It was obvious that Encarnacion’s wrist was still bothering him. His hand kept coming of his bat when he swung. Shutting him down was the best option. Cecil was well enough to pitch, but not well enough to pitch as well as he did in the first half. With the September call ups, he is not needed in the pen.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Just in time for the Yankees’ series…GO YANKEES! 10-2 the rest of the way should get ‘er done.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      To dream the impossible dream, that is the Yankee fan quest, no matter how, hopeless, no matter how far.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        None of the other teams seem to want it. I really can’t believe that they are still in it, considering how poorly they have played in this stretch run. But as long as Cleveland, Tampa, Texas and Baltimore keep losing the way they have been, it seems like this thing is just up for grabs.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Didn’t the Yankees just get swept by Boston?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Yes, but they have been kicking everyone else’s ass…and they are done with Boston…till perhaps the playoffs

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Didn’t the Jays take 2 out of 3 the last time the 2 teams played?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        But the Jays still had major leaguers back then. Look, I get it, the odds are slim. But sweeping the pre-season darling Jays away is not an entirely unrealistic idea. They have just lost 5 of 6. Let’s make it 8 of 9!!

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        There are only 3 minor leaguers in today’s lineup and one of them (Sierra) is the team’s hottest hitter.

      • nbjays - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        Shhh, PC, don’t ruin the dream.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        A close game, but Dickey outpitched Pettitte for a 2 to 0 win. Home runs by Rasmus and Davis plus a great fielding play by Lawrie. The Yankees threw out Lind at home on a great relay throw by Ryan.

  3. neoshweaty - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Wonder what changes the Blue Jays have been able to make to Bautista and Encarnacion. Certainly found themselves some powerful bats in the middle of the order for reasonable prices by buying low on them.

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