The Indians traded Encarnacion to the Mariners in exchange for Carlos Santana on Thursday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. In addition, the Tampa Bay Rays sent Jake Bauers to Cleveland while receiving Yandy Diaz and a player to be named later from the Indians, per Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times. Encarnacion will provide a middle-of-the-lineup bat for a Mariners club that has parted with a bunch of major-league talent over the past few weeks. During the 2018 season, Encarnacion slashed .246/.336/.474 with 32 home runs and 107 RBI. Though the soon-to-be 36-year-old still has steadily put up these raw numbers for most of this decade, his .810 OPS was by far his lowest since 2011. Don't be surprised if Seattle winds up turning back around and flipping Encarnacion for prospects, as he will be due $20 million during this upcoming season with a club option and $5 million buyout in 2020.
Encarnacion is out of the lineup against Kansas City on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Encarnacion will retreat to a spot on the bench after going 8-for-16 with six RBI over the past four games. Josh Donaldson will man the DH spot while Adam Rosales gets a start at third base.
Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and a strikeout in Wednesday's win over the White Sox. Encarnacion plated a run on a third-inning single, then later broke the game open with his three-run homer in the following frame. The 35-year-old will likely finish with his lowest home-run total since 2014, but he's still belted an impressive 32 long balls to go along with 105 RBI.
Encarnacion is being given one more day to rest his sprained ankle but is expected back in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Encarnacion suffered the injury Saturday and will wind up missing a pair of games. Yandy Diaz starts in his place Tuesday but will likely return to platooning with Yonder Alonso at first base once Encarnacion is ready to return.
Encarnacion (ankle) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Encarnacion was pulled from Saturday's game against the Tigers with a mild right ankle sprain. He sat out Sunday's contest, and even after an off day Monday he remains out of the lineup. It's unclear when he's expected to return, but the Indians can afford to be cautious, as they've already clinched a playoff berth. Yandy Diaz will be the designated hitter Tuesday.