The White Sox declined Encarnacion's $12 million club option for 2021 on Friday.
It's not an overly surprising move, as no buyout was required and the veteran slugger posted a career-worst .627 OPS despite hitting 10 home runs in 2020. Encarnacion had 30-plus homers and an OPS over .800 in each of the previous eight seasons and figures to receive another opportunity, but he may not begin 2021 with guarantees of an everyday role.
Encarnacion returns to the bench for Game 3 of the Wild Card Round against Oakland on Thursday.
Encarnacion started Game 2 on Wednesday, but that will wind up being his only start of the series. Eloy Jimenez returns from a sprained foot to serve as the designated hitter.
Encarnacion is not in the lineup for the first game of the Wild Card Round against the Athletics on Tuesday.
Encarnacion had quite a disappointing season at the plate, hitting just .157/.250/.377 in 180 plate appearances. Yasmani Grandal will be the designated hitter Tuesday, with James McCann starting behind the plate.
Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and three strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Reds.
It was a microcosm of Encarnacion's season -- he ran into one, but there were too many empty swings. The 37-year-old's strikeout rate is now over 30 percent on the season, up from 21.2 percent last season and roughly double his rate from his prime years in Toronto.
Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Twins.
Encarnacion hit a solo home run to left field in the fifth inning, marking his ninth homer and 17th RBI of the season. He's slashing .172/.271/.426 over 34 games in 2020.
Encarnacion is expected to return to the lineup Thursday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Encarnacion was held out of Wednesday's lineup, the third time in the last four games he's been rested, but manager Rick Renteria said the slugger will be in the lineup Thursday and the days following. "You might see him for the next five, six, seven days," Renteria said. "We're trying to do everything we can to get everybody on track." Encarnacion is an outlier in Chicago's productive lineup, posting a career-low .668 OPS while batting .168.
Encarnacion is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins.
Encarnacion will sit for the third time in four games, allowing Jose Abreu to pick up a start at designated hitter. The Chicago lineup has been a juggernaut this season, but Encarnacion hasn't contributed much to the team's success, batting a career-worst .168 while striking out 30.1 percent of the time, a rise of nearly nine percentage points from his 2019 mark. Encarnacion could be limited to more of a part-time role down the stretch, with manager Rick Renteria instead rotating a number of regulars in the DH spot to give them days out of the field.
Encarnacion is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Twins.
He has started just nine games this month, hitting .152 with two home runs over that stretch. Yasmani Grandal is starting at designated hitter and batting third.
Encarnacion is not in Sunday's lineup against the Tigers.
He is hitting .172 with two home runs and 10 strikeouts in 29 at-bats this month. Jose Abreu starts at DH and will hit third.
Encarnacion is not starting Wednesday against Pittsburgh.
Encarnacion sits for the second time in the last four games. His .176/.274/.435 slash line this season is well below his typical standards. Jose Abreu will rest his legs as the designated hitter Wednesday, with Yasmani Grandal moving out to first base and James McCann entering the lineup behind the plate.
Encarnacion went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Sunday's 8-2 win over Kansas City.
Encarnacion broke open a close game with a three-run blast in the seventh inning and tacked on another RBI in the eighth. It was his eighth homer in 29 games. He's hitting just .168 but has made an impact with 12 of his 19 hits going for extra bases.
Encarnacion isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Royals.
Encarnacion has been slumping recently as he hit .111 with a home run, four runs, two RBI and six strikeouts over the past five games. He'll take a breather Saturday as Jose Abreu rests his legs as the designated hitter.
Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and another run scored during Thursday's victory over Kansas City.
The 37-year-old slugger evened the score at 1-1 with a solo home run off Danny Duffy in the second inning. It was the seventh long ball of the season for Encarnacion, who is averaging just .173/.264/.429 across 28 games.
Encarnacion is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals.
Encarnacion appears to be receiving a routine breather for the day game after starting each of the White Sox's previous four contests and going a collective 4-for-13 with two home runs, two doubles and two walks. Jose Abreu will fill in for Encarnacion as Chicago's designated hitter, while Yasmani Grandal picks up a rare start at first base.
Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Royals.
Encarnacion's sixth homer of the season gave the White Sox a lead in the fourth inning, but the bullpen couldn't hold it. The 37-year-old DH has been all or nothing at the plate. His last eight hits and 10 of 15 hits overall have gone for extra bases. Encarnacion is slashing .181/.261/.446.
Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and an additional run scored during Wednesday's 10-3 win over the Pirates.
The veteran slugger crushed a solo shot 435 feet to left field during the fourth inning to stretch Chicago's lead to 5-0. Encarnacion's .182/.250/.429 slash line still leaves something to be desired, be he appeares to be trending in the right direction with an extra-base hit in three straight contests.
Encarnacion is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs.
Encarnacion will take a seat in the series finale after going 1-for-13 with six strikeouts over the last three games. Yasmani Grandal will serve as the designated hitter Sunday, while James McCann receives a start behind the plate.
Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Tigers.
Encarnacion went yard in the second and eighth innings. The designated hitter is up to four homers, five RBI, and seven runs scored through 16 contests this year. He's struggled with a .179/.246/.411 slash line.
Encarnacion isn't in the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
Encarnacion went 0-for-3 in the first game of Saturday's twin bill, but he'll get a breather for Game 2. Yasmani Grandal will serve as the designated hitter with James McCann starting at catcher.
Encarnacion (shoulder) went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the Tigers.
Encarnacion was in the lineup for the first time in six games after battling a shoulder injury. He grounded out in his first at-bat, but led off the fourth inning with a solo home run, his second long ball of the campaign. Encarnacion has gotten off to a slow start, hitting .206/.250/.382 while striking out 35 percent of the time through 37 plate appearances.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/30||@ OAK||L 3-5||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/27||vs CHC||L 8-10||4||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|09/26||vs CHC||W 9-5||5||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/25||vs CHC||L 0-10||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/24||@ CLE||L 4-5||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/23||@ CLE||L 2-3||3||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|09/22||@ CLE||L 3-5||3||0||2||0||0||1||0|
|More Batting Stats|
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||7||32||9||14||2||0||3||13||2||2||0||0||.438||.486||.781|
|2010||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||3||10||2||1||0||0||1||1||2||3||0||0||.100||.308||.400|
|2014||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||2||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||--||1||0||0||.250||.250||.250|