Encarnacion to get time in left field
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
Edwin Encarnacion is going to get some looks in left field before the end of the season as the Blue Jays experiment with expanding his defensive versatility.
Encarnacion has seen time at third and first base, as well as at designated hitter. His improved offence, especially in the second half of this season, has give the Jays an appetite to see if there is a way he can contribute defensively, as well.
“There’s a real movement to see Edwin in left field,” said manager John Farrell. “He’s ready to take that on and if there’s a game he starts at first base, we may move him to left for the last three innings just to give him a short look at that. That’s part of increasing his overall versatility as well.
Adam Lind was back at first base after taking a couple of days off to rest a sore wrist.
“The wrist was one of the contributing factors,” said Farrell. “Mentally and physically, he’s beat up a little bit. And it felt like a couple of days of R and R might do him a world of good and recharge him a little bit as we go though these final three weeks.”
David Cooper’s three-hit, two-RBI game against the Red Sox was an eye-opener, especially after his earlier callup when he went 4-for-26 back in May.
“He put some good swings on some left-handed pitching that were impressive,” said Farrell. “He looked like the guy we saw in spring training every day (on Cooper’s way to a PCL batting title). Everybody is going to respond and react to their first time in the big leagues a little bit differently. Hopefully, he’s learned from that experience.”
Colby Rasmus, recovering from a wrist sprain, is heading to Reading, Pa., this weekend for two rehab games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, who are in the Eastern League East Division final against Reading. Rasmus will serve as designated hitter Saturday and play in centre field Sunday joining the Jays in Boston on Tuesday.