Expect big things from Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion

After having wrist surgery in the off-season, Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who has...

After having wrist surgery in the off-season, Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who has blasted 78 home runs in the past two seasons, says he is 100% healthy. (USA Today)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 PM ET

In a season that featured injuries to players in every corner of the diamond, Edwin Encarnacion held out the longest, carrying a bruised and battered Blue Jays offence on his substantial shoulders. But, in the end, two weeks before the end of that lost 2013 season, even Encarnacion succumbed to injury.

After hitting 36 home runs and driving in more than 100 runs for the second straight year, Encarnacion missed the last 13 games as the medical staff assessed his sore wrist.

In the end, cleanup surgery was required by the cleanup hitter on a wrist. Wrist surgery is the kind of touchy business that makes general managers worried and managers old before their time.

“You always wonder about those injuries,” said manager John Gibbons. “You never know if they’re going to linger but he looks really good right now.”


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