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Edwin Encarnacion could begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend

Aug 7, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

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Brett Lawrie is back on the disabled list once again, this time due to an oblique strain, but it’s not all bad news on the injury front for the Blue Jays.

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said this afternoon that slugger Edwin Encarnacion “may” begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend. The 31-year-old has been sidelined since July 5 with a right quad strain and suffered a minor setback late last month, but Anthoupoulos expects him to rejoin the Blue Jays by the end of next week if all goes well. It’s even possible he could return a bit sooner. Good news.

Even though Encarnacion has missed a month, he still ranks third in the American League with 26 homers and ninth with 70 RBI. He’s batting .277/.368/.491 overall this season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    The sooner the better. Melky was hit on the elbow today and had to leave the game for X-Rays.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Those X-Rays on Melky were negative. Adam Lind began his rehab stint today. In 2 at bats, he had 2 doubles.

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