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June 14, 2019

Edwin Encarnacion feeling ‘much better’ but doubtful to start Sunday

Edwin Encarnacion, who sprained his ankle in gruesome-looking fashion Friday night in Game 2, was on crutches and in a walking boot in the clubhouse Saturday, but manager Terry Francona is encouraged by his progre s.”I don’t know if remarkably better is a good way to say it, but he’s pretty close,” Francona said (via ). “He’s doing much better today. I don’t think he’s going to start on Sunday, but he’s not been ruled Ozzie Smith Jersey out either.”The fact Encarnacion may play in Game 3at all is a relief to the Indians. At first glance Encarnacion’s injury appeared far more serious than a sprained ankle. Hehad to be helped off the field by trainers in the first inning after jamming his right ankle trying to return to second base on a line drive.That Edwin Encarnacion play couldn’t get more Cleveland if it tried. Time to #RallyTogether because that’s a huge lo s. Rickey Henderson Jersey HjXCHbx6w4 Brett W (@Brettolsicw) October 6, 2017 Yet an MRI showed no fracture, just a sprain, and Encarnacion said he is day to day.”There’s no fracture, it’s just the ligaments and I’m going to be day-to-day,” Encarnacion said.Given the relatively good news, Francona said he would leave Encarnacion on the Indians roster. If he were dropped from the roster now, he would be ineligible for the ALCS shouldthe indians advance. They lead the best-of-five ALDS 2-0.”So we’ll allow him to continue to get treatment,” Francona said. “But if he’s close to being available, that’s a really good sign. So we’re obviously not going to do anything roster wise.”Encarnacion hit 30 home runs,had 107 RBIs and an OPS of .881 in his first season with Cleveland this year.Francona said Michael Brantley will likely start as the DH in place ofEncarnacionSunday.