Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 9 Days

Encarnacion will be the Jays' first baseman this season, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

Either something changed in the past week, or there was faulty news coming out of camp last week, because it was recently reported that Encarnacion might be the everyday DH. Instead, Justin Smoak, Danny Valencia and Dioner Navarro will battle for starts at designated hitter. This has little impact on Encarnacion's status as one of the premier fantasy sluggers, as he should be in the lineup almost every day.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 16 Days

Encarnacion could begin the season as the primary DH, the Blue Jays' official site reports.With Adam Lind out of the picture, the Jays can afford to remove defense from the equation for Encarnacion while using Justin Smoak and Danny Valencia in a platoon at first base. Alternatively, Encarnacion could split his time between the two spots, while affording manager John Gibbons to play the matchups and have a floating DH spot. Regardless, Encarnacion should be ready to roll as spring training gets underway while providing his typical power and run production in the heart of the Toronto lineup.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 6 Months

A precautionary MRI on Encarnacion's back revealed just mild inflammation, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.

The Blue Jays were worried enough about Encarnacion's back to send him for an MRI prior to Friday's game, but he eased concerns by blasting a homer off Hiroki Kuroda just hours later. Encarnacion's in the lineup again Saturday, so it doesn't seem like something that will cost him time, though the team could always opt for a maintenance day before the end of the season.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 6 Months

Encarnacion had a precautionary MRI on his back Friday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Encarnacion is in the lineup Friday, suggesting that the injury isn't bad enough to keep him out of the lineup, but it apparently aggravates him from time to time. The MRI should reveal if there is anything more going on than just a sore back.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 6 Months

Encarnacion hit a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

Encarnacion has gone deep in two consecutive games and is now up to 32 home runs on the season. He's chipped in 85 RBI and is currently sporting a .262/.351/.555 slash line.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 6 Months

Encarnacion was 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in a losing effort against Boston on Friday night.

Earlier in the game, teammate Jose Bautista slammed his 30th long ball of the year, and not to be outdone, Encarnacion launched his 30th just a couple of innings later. Now with 81 RBI and a .260 average to go with those 30 home runs, he and Bautista could terrorize opposing pitchers as they vie for the team lead in dingers.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 6 Months

Encarnacion provided most of the offense for the Blue Jays Monday, doubling in a pair in the ninth to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

The clutch double was Encarnacion's only hit in three at-bats against the Red Sox. The Jays' slugger has struggled since coming off the disabled list this month, collecting just six hits in 34 trips�good for a .176 average.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 7 Months

Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and two walks in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

Encarnacion (quad) recently returned from the disabled list and it hasn't taken him very long to find his groove again. The slugger owns a .274/.365/.585 slash line in 340 at-bats this season.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 7 Months

Encarnacion (quad) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, Sportsnet reports.

Encarnacion was expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Friday, and that now appears to be the case. The club already got back Adam Lind earlier in the week, and now the other half of the first base and DH platoon will return as well. Anthony Gose will be optioned to make room for the 31 year-old.

Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH TOR 7 Months

Encarnacion (quad) is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Friday in Chicago, the National Post reports.

Encarnacion continues to rehab at Triple-A Buffalo, where he singled in four at-bats and played a full game at first base Wednesday. It was his first time playing the field in more than a month, and he came away without any discomfort. Barring a setback Thursday, expect Encarnacion to be back in the mix for Toronto over the weekend. Prior to hitting the DL - Encarnacion has not played since July 5 - he was hitting .277 with 70 RBI and 26 home runs in 88 games.