Some big news struck in the Cleveland Indians organization today as Edwin Encarnacion has been activated from his stint on the disabled list.
Some good news has come out of the Cleveland Indians clubhouse today as Edwin Encarnacion has been activated from the 10-day DL. Edwin city the DL after he had a bruised right hand and swollen left bicep, effectively rendering his arms useless.
The Indians have actually played pretty well without Edwin in the lineup, which is a good thing as it meant they didn’t have to rush him back. Part of that is thanks to the play of Yandy Diaz. Yandy did just what he was brought up to do; draw walks and flex his huge muscles. He wouldn’t have to use those muscles to intimate anybody into keeping him on the roster, his bat did that for him. No, not in that way. He’s just been hitting really well.
It provides a nice change of pace for the Indians lineup. While it seems like Encarnacion is a bit of an all-or-nothing kind of player, Yandy Diaz is quite the opposite. He doesn’t go deep (yet). He does have a remarkable .350 BA. Compare that to Edwin’s .226 batting average.
Edwin is in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox at 1B along with Yandy in the DH hole, giving Yonder Alonso a night off during his slump.
Some other news to go with this is that Rajai Davis has been placed on the 10-day DL with a non-baseball related medical condition. You really hope this isn’t a serious issue as the team is just getting past Leonys Martin‘s serious bacterial infection. This also means the Indians outfield depth continues to diminish.
That could be enough for the Indians to make a claim for an outfielder before the waiver deadline passes. This will be something to keep an eye on in the coming days as we’ve seen players start to be placed on waivers already.