Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Blue Jays' Encarnacion sidelined by strained side

DUNEDIN — Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion will be sidelined for at least a week because of a strained side.

Manager John Gibbons called it a "minor oblique problem" and said he expects Encarnacion to be ready for the April 3 opener at the Rays.

The two-time All-Star was expected to make his spring training debut this week. Encarnacion already has missed more than two weeks recovering from an abscessed tooth that was pulled Feb. 28.

Encarnacion batted .277 with a .372 on-base percentage and a .557 slugging percentage last season, helping lead Toronto to its first AL East title in 22 years.

GAME DETAILS: RHP Jesse Chavez, a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, gave up two earned runs on five hits in three innings in a 6-6 game with the Orioles. Chavez, who was acquired in a November trade from Oakland, walked one and struck out one.

Yanks: Gardner to return

TAMPA — LF Brett Gardner, who has been sidelined while recovering from an injury suffered in the playoffs, is scheduled to get his first Grapefruit League at-bats tonight against the Blue Jays.

Gardner suffered a deep bone bruise in his left wrist while crashing into the outfield wall during the American League wild-card game against the Astros.

"It's been a little while, but I've still been here getting my work in and I feel great," Gardner told mlb.com. "I'm ready to get some live ABs. I'm excited to get out there in a real game with the defense out there."

Gardner said he expects to get three at-bats while playing the outfield against Toronto.

Phils: Step forward for Nola

PORT CHARLOTTE — RHP Aaron Nola looked sharp in his third spring outing, pitching into the fifth inning of Philadelphia's 5-2 victory over the Rays.

Nola, 22, allowed two runs and six hits in 42/3 innings, striking out five. It was his best outing this spring by far after giving up a combined six runs and eight hits over 42/3 innings in his first two starts.

"I definitely felt better with all my pitches. My body felt better, felt like it was more in sync," Nola said.

"He looked more like himself," manager Pete Mackanin said. "He located his pitches real well. He just made a couple of mistakes."

Blue Jays' Encarnacion sidelined by strained side 03/15/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 8:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Steven Souza's two passions collide in charity fantasy football event

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Steven Souza knows a thing or two about football.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston gets a hug from right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) after throwing the ceremonial first pitch of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 23, 2017.
  2. Vibe is good around Clearwater volleyball this season

    Volleyball Preps

    CLEARWATER — Katy Rice knows what a good volleyball team looks like, and the Clearwater coach believes she has a pretty good one this year. Rice was a left-side hitter on the only two teams to win a volleyball state championship at Clearwater, in 1997 and 2000.

    Clearwater High School girl's volleyball player Hailey Bosetti (OPP) plays the ball during team practice on Monday (8/14/17) at the school in Clearwater.
  3. Jameis Winston's subtle but strong moment of leadership displayed on 'Hard Knocks'

    Bucs

    Quarterback Jameis Winston went to each teammate in the locker room prior to the Bucs' preseason opener Friday at Cincinnati with one message: 'I got your back.'

    Then he proved it.

    Jameis Winston sarcastically tells offensive linemen James Stone and James Harrison he's glad glad they're having fun while quarterback Ryan Griffin is being attended to in the locker room by the Bucs medical staff. [HBO/NFL FILMS]
  4. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Highlights — and fights — from Jacksonville

    Bucs

    Greg Auman is back home after two days of joint practices between the Bucs and Jaguars in Jacksonville. He recaps those practices — and fights — and talks about highlights from Tuesday's episode …

    Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Kenneth Walker, right, cannot snag a pass against Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith during a joint NFL football practice Monday in Jacksonville. [Will Dickey/Florida Times-Union]
  5. Who's No. 2: Florida State Seminoles or Ohio State Buckeyes?

    Blogs

    The toughest decision in my first stint as a voter for the AP Top 25 came at the top.