Prior to game 2 of today’s doubleheader, the Yankees placed 1B/DH Edwin Encarnación on the 10-day IL with a right wrist fracture and recalled 1B Mike Ford (#74) from @swbrailriders.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 3, 2019
Unbelievable. Or, perhaps very believable given how injuries and this team have gone together. There’s a pretty good chance the Yankees don’t see Edwin Encarnación again this season, and it’s a shame. After a slow start in pinstripes, he’s come on strong and was an excellent fallback when Luke Voit got hurt. So of course, both of the team’s first basemen go down in the same week. Here’s how it happened today:
I’m sure everyone is thrilled that Clint Frazier once again did not get the call. I guess the Yankees wanted a true first baseman on the roster, which Mike Ford is. It helps that Ford’s also been outstanding in Triple-A (149 wRC+ in 349 plate appearances). Still, there’s plenty of room on the roster and lineup for Clint, but we’ll leave that for another day.
Perhaps after the second game of today’s doubleheader there will be a more definitive timeline for Encarnación. It seems pretty doubtful that he’d be back in the regular season, but maybe the postseason is still in play.