When is our budding star third baseman going to return to the lineup? Some answers here, perhaps:
Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion’s sprained left ankle has continued to be bothersome and has prevented him from beginning a rehabilitation assignment in the Minors.
Encarnacion was eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, which was when the club hoped to send him to Triple-A Louisville first to get some at-bats.
That hasn’t happened yet. It remains unclear when the assignment would begin.
“Right now, we’re progressing him at his tolerance,” Reds head trainer Mark Mann said Saturday. “Once he can run the bases on back-to-back days, pain-free, and says he feels good, that’s when we’ll send him out on a rehab.”
Encarnacion took live batting practice, thrown by pitchers Paul Wilson and Grant Balfour, on Thursday with Class A Dayton.
The 23-year-old, who is batting .270 with six home runs and 36 RBIs, hurt his ankle running the bases on June 7 at St. Louis. The injury was diagnosed as a mild sprain, and Encarnacion was placed on the DL because the club didn’t want to be short-handed for a week.
“The diagnosis hasn’t changed,” Mann said. “It’s just a matter of him being comfortable with how he feels and how his ankle responds to treatment.”
I hope he’s back soon. Don’t want him to be Juan Castro’s Wally Pipp.