Encarnacion not left out

Blue Jays batter Edwin Encarnacion celebrates his home run against the Angels at the Rogers Centre...

Blue Jays batter Edwin Encarnacion celebrates his home run against the Angels at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., Sep. 22, 2011. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

Edwin Encarnacion is trying to make himself Mr. Versatility for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Encarnacion, not known for his strong defensive play in the past, was mainly a designated hitter with the Jays in 2011, seeing some duty at third base and first base.

But in the Dominican winter league, Encarnacion has played left field in four of his first five games. There has been talk in Jays circles of giving him a shot at left field next season.

Encarnacion, who turns 29, in January was batting .133 (2-for-15) with Aguilas but had six walks for a .381 on-base percentage.


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