Game 2 of the ALDS in Cleveland got off to a scintillating start, with New York’sA�Gary SA?nchez slugging a 2-run dinger off of Corey Kluber in the top of the first. Then in the bottom half, Cleveland came right back. This time, Carlos Santana would lace a two-run single to even it up.
On that play, DH Edwin EncarnaciA?n would take second base. But during the following at-bat, EncarnaciA?n had to scramble in order to avoid getting doubled off. This is what happened:
Initially ruled safe, a review showed that he did, in fact, come off the base. The inning was over, but Cleveland had tied it up. After appearing to roll his ankle, EncarnaciA?n would make it to his feet. However, he wouldn’t be able to walk off on his own power. Like Eduardo NA?A�ez the day before, he was helped off the field.
Officially, he is said to have suffered a sprained ankle. EncarnaciA?n, 34, slashed .258/.377/.504 (.881 OPS) over 157 games for Cleveland this season. And he figured to be just another big bat in the reigning AL champs’ lineup. Instead, we’ll have to see if he can get back on the field before the postseason concludes.
But in the meantime, here’s hoping the injury isn’t worse than we think.