Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion underwent an MRI exam on his left biceps on Saturday and could be headed to the disabled list.
Encarnacion departed Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox due to pain in the biceps while swinging the bat. The team sent him back to Cleveland to be examined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham.
“There are a couple of things that could happen,” Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters prior to Saturday’s game against the White Sox. “He could turn right around and come back and we play short a couple of days. Or if Dr. Graham thinks a rest will help him, then we could DL him. That’s kind of where we are at.”
Encarnacion is batting .229 with 25 homers and 81 RBIs for Cleveland. He also has been nursing a bone bruise in his right hand over the past few weeks.
–Two-way player Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels threw a 23-pitch bullpen session prior to the team’s home game against the Oakland Athletics. He threw 19 fastballs, two sliders and two curveballs, reported Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.
Ohtani hasn’t pitched in a game since June 6 after being diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The Angels are hoping Ohtani can avoid Tommy John surgery.
He was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings over nine starts prior to the injury. Ohtani is batting .273 with 12 homers and 32 RBIs as a designated hitter.
–Colorado Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado wasn’t in the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a strained right shoulder he suffered in Friday’s game.
Rockies manager Bud Black told reporters that the team is hoping it won’t have to place the standout on the 10-day disabled list. Black said it was possible Arenado could be used as a pinch hitter even if he can’t play in the field.
Arenado, a five-time Gold Glove winner, is batting .307 with 29 homers and 82 RBIs this season.
–Nearly one year since his last appearance in a professional game, New York Mets third baseman David Wright is set to play. The Mets announced that the 35-year-old Wright is expected to play five innings Sunday in a rehab game with Class-A Advanced St. Lucie.
Wright last appeared in a minor league game on Aug. 27, 2017. His last major league game was May 27, 2016. The seven-time All-Star has been sidelined by back, shoulder and neck issues related to the spinal stenosis he has suffered from for many years.
He holds the record as the Mets’ all-time hits leader with 1,777, and he also leads in RBIs with 970 and runs scored with 949. Wright has 242 career homers, second behind Darryl Strawberry (252) in franchise history.
–Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Yangervis Solarte departed an afternoon game against the Tampa Bay Rays with a right oblique injury. Solarte is slated to undergo further diagnostic tests, according to the Blue Jays.
Solarte was injured during a second-inning at-bat and left with a 2-2 count. He swung at and missed a pitch from Tampa Bay right-hander Ryne Stanek and fell to a knee.
Richard Urena replaced Solarte and finished the strikeout.
–The St. Louis Cardinals have purchased the contract of rookie infielder Patrick Wisdom from Triple-A Memphis, the team announced. Wisdom, 26, is hitting .289 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI in 103 games this season. He is primarily a third baseman.
In other moves, the team placed rookie utility man Yairo Munoz on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain. The team also transferred right-hander Luke Gregerson (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list.
According to the Cardinals, Wisdom will become the eighth player to make his major league debut for St. Louis this season. The 23-year-old Munoz, one of the eight, is batting .284 for the Cardinals this season in 76 games and has six home runs and 31 RBIs.
–Field Level Media