The middle finger on Encarnacion's left hand has been bothering him for several weeks now, forcing him to miss two games in late July. It popped back up over the weekend, and the club hoped a day off Monday would be enough to resolve the issue.
In Encarnacion's absence, Chris Colabello was batting fourth in the designated hitter's role in the series opener.
Encarnacion has been on a tear since the All-Star break, hitting .333 with a 1.025 OPS in 19 games.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.