Encarnacion is not starting Wednesday against the Padres. Someone has to sit out with the game being played in a National League park, so Encarnacion will take his turn in this contest. Daniel Vogelbach starts at first base for the first time this season.
Encarnacion went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a win over the Angels on Saturday. The slugger made his one hit count, as he blasted a 432-foot solo shot in the fifth off a pitcher he'd previously struggled against in Trevor Cahill. It was the veteran's first round tripper in the last five games, and the homer pushed his April RBI total to 14.
Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double in Monday's 6-4 loss to Cleveland. The 6-foot-1 slugger launched his fifth long ball of the year during Seattle's comeback attempt in the eighth inning. Encarnacion owns a .993 OPS with 14 RBI and 12 runs scored in 70 plate appearances this season.
Encarnacion is not starting Saturday against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Encarnacion sits after starting seven straight games. He hit .345 with three homers over that stretch. Jay Bruce will play first base Saturday, with Daniel Vogelbach serving as the designated hitter.
Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and a walk in Monday's 13-5 win over Kansas City. Encarnacion led off the sixth inning with a solo blast before hitting a three-run shot later that same inning. He now has four long balls and a .324 average across 34 at-bats in his first season as a Mariner.