The Toronto Blue Jays have activated first baseman Edwin Encarnacion from the 15-day disabled list and will have him in the lineup on Friday, reports Sportsnet.ca:
Encarnacion has been out since July 5 after he strained his right quad running to first base. He only played four games in a rehab assignment earlier this week and might not be fully recovered yet, but the Blue Jays need his bat back in the lineup.
Before the injury, Encarnacion was having arguably the best year at the plate of any hitter in the American League. Encarnacion is batting .277/.368/.591 with 26 home runs and an AL-best .959 OPS this season.
The Blue Jays optioned outfielder Anthony Gose to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Encarnacion. Gose has hit .234/.333/.291 with 14 stolen bases this season.
Toronto went 16-17 without Encarnacion and will need him back at full capacity as soon as possible to make a run at the postseason. The Blue Jays were swept by the Seattle Mariners earlier in the week and are 3.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card.
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