Edwin Encarnacion, expected to return next week from a strain in his right quad muscle, has suffered a minor setback during workouts in Florida and is unlikely to get back in the Blue Jays lineup until August.
“He’s a little bit tender so we’re going to back him off a few days,” said manager John Gibbons. “It’s enough to slow him down a hair. He was feeling it with the torque in his swing. He had also been doing a bit of light running.”
Encarnacion injured the quad on July 7 in the first inning at Oakland as he extended himself to beat out the back end of a double play, suffering a Grade 2 strain. He is now 20 days into his recovery from an injury that normally takes from four-to-six weeks to heal.
Both Adam Lind and Nolan Reimold are on track to return sometime next week. Lind had a fractured bone in the top of his right foot and Reimold had a calf strain.