Orioles might face Encarnacion

Orioles might face Encarnacion
September 13, 2013, 9:30 am
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Maybe the Orioles thought they might catch a break and not have to face Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion in this weekend’s series in Toronto, but that apparently won’t be the case.

Encarnacion has missed the Jays’ last four games with a sore wrist, but with Toronto far out of contention, speculation that he would shut it down for the rest of the season looks as if it’s untrue.

"If I'm ready [Friday], I hope to play [Friday] or Saturday," Encarnacion said, as reported by mlb.com. "I'm getting better. I feel stronger with my wrist. I hit in the tee [Thursday]. Feel good. We're going to see [Friday] when I hit BP and see if I'm going to be ready to play."

Encarnacion’s bat is one the Orioles would prefer not to see. In 13 games against the O’s, he has a .383 OBP with seven home runs and 17 RBIs.

Overall this season, he has 36 homers and 104 RBIs with a .375 on-base percentage. Encarnacion has had two straight 100-RBI years and four more home runs would give him a second consecutive 40-homer season.