Encarnacion starts rehab assignment
After 48 days out with a chip fracture in his left wrist, 3B Edwin Encarnacion is finally ready to face some real pitching in real games. For the time being, it will be at Triple-A Louisville, where he headed on Sunday for a rehab assignment.
Why Louisville? After Sunday and Monday’s games, the Bats have an eight-game road trip.
“That’s a pretty big step right away but at least the control will be better at Louisville,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He won’t have to worry about getting hit as badly as you do in some lower minor league places.”
Encarnacion was hitting only .127 in 19 games when he went on the disabled list April 28. So he has some work to do to get both game ready and get his stroke right again. He’s been taking BP here for a few days and was out most days taking groundballs.
After he was moved to the 60-day DL on Saturday, Encarnacion isn’t eligible for activation until next Saturday when the Reds are in Cleveland. Rehab assignments can last up to 20 days however and Baker seemed inclined to Encarnacion as much as he can to get right again.
“He hasn’t played in two months,” Baker said. “This is like going back to the beginning. It might be
worse than Spring Training. At Spring Training, you’re hitting every day most days. The pitchers
weren’t 2 1/2 months into sharpness like they are now.”
I know Reds fandom is very down on Encarnacion but his return, coupled with Joey Votto’s, will be a
boost for this team. Baker has mixed and matched a lot in the infield and the team has survived but
at some point, you need to see what can be done with the regular starting eight — and that includes
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