Encarnacion is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Encarnacion will head to the bench with no designated hitter spot available in the Cubs' National League ballpark. Yonder Alonso will start at first base Tuesday. With lefty Jon Lester scheduled to start for the Cubs on Wednesday, Encarnacion will likely take over for Alonso at first base for the series finale.
Encarnacion (back) will DH and bat fourth against Houston on Friday, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports. Encarnacion sat out the past two games due to back spasms and neck stiffness but he appears to be nearing full health following the Indians' scheduled day off Thursday. Over 38 games this season, he's hitting just .205 with a .691 OPS but has tallied nine home runs and 22 RBI.
Encarnacion was removed from Wednesday's lineup against the Tigers with neck and upper-back stiffness, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Encarnacion missed Tuesday's game for the same reason. He was originally in Wednesday's lineup but evidently the team believes he'll need at least one more day off. Erik Gonzalez will come into the lineup as the third baseman with Jose Ramirez moving to designated hitter.
Encarnacion (neck/back) is starting at DH and hitting fifth Wednesday against the Tigers, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. He missed Tuesday's game with neck and upper-back stiffness, but it was apparently a mild ailment. The veteran slugger is hitting .304/.360/.543 with three home runs and a 12:4 K:BB in 46 at-bats in May.
Encarnacion is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers due to neck and upper-back stiffness, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The issue isn't thought to be anything overly serious, but the Indians will play it safe and give Encarnacion the night off. Michael Brantley will slide to DH in his stead, with Rajai Davis picking up a start in the outfield as a result.
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