Today in not-terribly-surprising news– especially if you’ve listened to the podcast we just recorded, which… since I haven’t posted it yet, you haven’t– the Jays have shut Edwin Encarnacion down for the season.
Don’t believe me? Barry Davis of the Rogers-owned Rogers Sportsnet has the scoop on the tidbit from the Rogers owned Blue Jays from down at Rogers Centre.
Edwin Encarnacion has been shut down for season. Has been placed on the DL. #bluejays
— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) September 17, 2013
As Drew noted on the aforementioned podcast that you haven’t heard, Edwin has been walking around looking like he’s in a little bit of agony lately, so… that’s not shocking. What is maybe a little bit shocking, though, was the tweet that followed from the Jays’ official Twitter account:
Encarnacion (left wrist) and Cecil (elbow) placed on DL for remainder of season. Edwin to have surgery later in week to repair cartilage.
— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) September 17, 2013
Ugh. Well that’s fun, huh?
Davis adds that Cecil will undergo a precautionary MRI, but– with no offence to Cecil, who had an All-Star season and has been very effective out of the bullpen– the concern is clearly with Encarnacion, especially given the trickiness wrist troubles can pose, particularly to power hitters. Of course, the Jays had been letting him play to this point, despite obvious pain, so they obviously didn’t think it was that bad, in terms of its potential to get worse. Unless… y’know… something has actually happened that’s made it worse.
That’s entirely baseless and irresponsible speculation, of course, and doesn’t appear to be the case.
More likely it’s simply just that time of the year, and the club has decided it’s worth getting the issues cleared up now, so that both players can be as fully healed as possible by Spring Training.
Edwin had trouble with the same wrist following the 2009 season, having procedure to remove a bone spur, according to a Jordan Bastian piece from BlueJays.com, and he returned in 2010 to hit 21 home runs in 92 games, with an ISO of .238, so that’s a good sign. And, of course, Jose Bautista showed little ill effect from the wrist injury that ended his 2012 campaign.
In other words, it’s probably not too much to worry about. In fact, Shi Davidi tweets that Encarnacion says he’s had pain on every swing the past two weeks, and that he calls the surgery “a cleanup.”
Cecil, meanwhile, believes that he has a nerve problem on the underside of his elbow, according to a Mike Wilner tweet.
Asked if he’s worried about needing TJ, Cecil says: “Nope, it’s just precautionary right now. I’m about 90 per cent sure that’s what it is.”
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) September 17, 2013
Well, let’s hope so! Though, again, even a terrific bullpen piece like he’s been is far, far more replaceable than Edwin. Of course, them both being healthy is all that really matters.
Healthy for 2014, I mean, of course. Ugh.
Hey, but maybe this at least helps the Jays in their non-quest for a better draft pick. They currently hold the ninth spot in MLBTR’s Reverse Standings, but are only 2.5 games “behind” Seattle, who’d currently get the sixth pick. Silver lining?