May 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right) celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox with designated hitter Adam Lind (26) during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays: Edwin Encarnacion Rehab Update

Jul 5, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) leaves the field after injuring himself at first base during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Edwin Encarnacion began his rehab stint on Saturday, joining the Dunedin Blue Jays – the Toronto Blue Jays’ Advanced A affiliate team – for a three-game series against the Tampa Yankees.

He went 1-4 for the Baby Jays, hitting a triple on Saturday.

Unfortunately, rain postponed the second game of the series on Sunday. It was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader yesterday, but this limited the number of plate appearances made by Encarnacion, who didn’t play in the third and final game of the series.

The Baby Jays have the day off today and the Real Jays are eager to see Encarnacion return to their lineup, so they’re now moving his rehab up a step to the Triple A level where he’ll join the Buffalo Bisons today. The change was announced last night.

Encarnacion’s time with the Bisons will likely be short. The Jays apparently hope to have him back in their lineup at some point this week. Adam Lind, who’s also missed considerable time due to injury, is slatted to rejoin the Jays today. These are two big bats the team could certainly use right now.

Jun 23, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind (26) circles the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

With the return of Lind and the pending return of Encarnacion, the Jays will have some roster moves to consider. Danny Valencia and Juan Francisco have both spent time at first base in Encarnacion’s absence while a slew of Jays – Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus, Francisco, Nolan Reimold, Dioner Navarro – have played the role of DH in Lind’s absence. The Jays will probably want to keep Valencia and Reimold in the lineup since they both hit left-handed pitchers well – a key area of weakness on the team – so it might actually be Francisco who gets the hook.

Following a strong debut for the Jays at the plate this season, Francisco has gradually cooled off over the course of the season, and his defence has never been anything impressive. He brings a big bat to the plate, but his high strikeout rate takes away from this.

Between them, Encarnacion and Lind have 30 homes runs, 97 RBIs, 87 runs, 65 walks and 281 bases in total. Those are numbers the Jays will welcome back with open arms.

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