Encarnacion out of lineup with sore right hand

Encarnacion out of lineup with sore right hand

Encarnacion out of lineup with sore right hand
CHICAGO -- Edwin Encarnacion was held out of the Blue Jays' lineup on Tuesday night against the White Sox because of a sore right hand.

Encarnacion sustained the injury when he was hit by a fastball from Boston's Daniel Bard on Sunday afternoon. Encarnacion temporarily remained in the game but eventually had to be lifted for a pinch-hitter.

Toronto's designated hitter initially feared the hand was broken, but a series of X-rays and CT scans ruled out that possibility.

"The first day was bad, a lot of pain, a lot of soreness but today I'm feeling a lot better," Encarnacion said. "It's getting better and better and I just have to keep doing my routine, doing my training and see how I'll be tomorrow."

Encarnacion is currently listed as day to day, but he has yet to swing a bat since suffering the injury. He has undergone various treatments such as laser, ultrasound and hot/cold water therapy to keep the swelling down and remains optimistic about a return to the lineup in the near future.

"With the pain I had that day, I thought it was broken, but thank God I'm OK and it's not," Encarnacion said.

"If I play the way I feel right now, if I make contact, I'm going to have a lot of pain in my hand. I want to be smart and get ready. I think tomorrow will be a lot better."

Encarnacion entered play on Tuesday as the leader among designated hitters with 17 home runs and 43 RBIs in 54 games this season. He also is batting .279 with a .926 OPS as the club's primary cleanup hitter.