The Cleveland Indians found a solution to the dilemma of how to keep the hot hitting Yandy Diaz on the Major League roster.
The Indians announced on Wednesday afternoon that first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion had been activated from the 10-day disabled list. Instead of Diaz being optioned to the minors as originally anticipated, the Indians placed veteran outfielder Rajai Davis on the 10-day DL with a non-baseball medical condition.
Encarnacion last suited up for the Indians on August 10, but lasted just one trip to the plate before leaving the game injured. During his at bat against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning, he appeared to hurt his arm on a swing. He later walked and stole second base before being replaced when his next trip through the order came up. After the game, the Indians described his injury as right biceps discomfort.
He had also been dealing with a right hand contusion, initially suffered just before the All-Star break when he was hit by a pitch on July 15 against the New York Yankees.
Encarnacion had slumped in August, hitting .095 (2-for-21) over his last week of action before hitting the disabled list on August 12 (retroactive to August 11). He has hit just .148 during the month with a double, a homer, and five RBI through his first nine games. While his numbers have dipped across the board, the 35-year-old slugger is still on pace for more than 30 homers and 100 RBI. If able to reach those plateaus, it would be his seventh straight season over the 30-mark and the sixth time in seven years he has toppled the century mark in runs driven in.
He returns to the lineup on Wednesday night against Boston slashing .229/.317/.461 on the season with 14 doubles, 25 homers, and 81 RBI.
The 37-year-old Davis has not started a game since August 10, one of his three starts this month. He has primarily come into action as a late inning defensive replacement or as a pinch runner, seeing decreased time of late in the thin outfield with the strong recent play from both Greg Allen and Melky Cabrera. He has logged just 15 plate appearances over eleven games during the month and last appeared as a defensive replacement on Sunday in the Indians’ 8-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
The particulars to his placement on the disabled list were not formally announced by the club at this time.
Davis rejoined the Indians on a minor league deal at the start of spring training and made the roster out of camp. It marks his fifth career trip to the disabled list. He has worked in 81 games this season, hitting .246 with a .293 on-base percentage and a .309 slugging mark with six doubles, one triple, one homer, and six RBI while stealing 16 of 21 bases.
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