During the first game of today’s doubleheader, Edwin Encarnacion was plunked in the wrist in the eighth inning. He remained in the game to run the bases, but was sent for an MRI afterwards. Encarnacion has been diagnosed with a right wrist fracture, and the Yankees were forced to place him on the injured list.
As the corresponding move, Mike Ford has been recalled from Triple-A. This will be the first baseman’s third stint in the big leagues, after making his MLB debut in the early goings of the season. Ford has been ripping the cover off the ball in Scranton, slashing .303/.401/.605 with 23 home runs and 149 wRC+. Hopefully some of that power will show up while he is in the majors this time. He managed just two extra-base hits across 30 at-bats earlier this year.
It’s a bummer to see Encarnacion injured, but it’s pretty much par for the course at this point. The Yankees can’t make it a week without a new injury. Although he had a slow start in pinstripes, he had just started to heat up over the past few weeks. It feels like we’ve reverted back to the start of the season and need all the minor leaguers to step up again.