Encarnacion (wrist) shutting it down for remainder of 2013
There was one player, however, who particularly stood out as a bright spot - first baseman Edwin Encarnacion. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, the 30-year-old slugger will no longer be around to brighten up an otherwise morbid dugout.
Encarnacion exited a game back on September 7 with a wrist injury, and reports a few days later suggested that he might take his time rehabbing the injury and sit out the rest of the season. However, he returned to action on September 13 and played three games, though he batted just 1-for-12 over that span - not very characteristic of Encarnacion, who had been batting .286 since the start of July.
On September 17, it was reported that Encarnacion was going to shut it down for the remainder of 2013 and undergo surgery on his injured left wrist. Encarnacion probably could have played through the injury had the Blue Jays been competitive and in the playoff hunt, but the team is dead last in the AL East with no hope of a postseason appearance.
Encarnacion is the second Blue Jays slugger to call it quits on the washout of a season. Outfielder Jose Bautista - who was playing well, but not quite as well as Encarnacion - recently shut it down due to a hip injury.
After a breakout campaign in 2012, Encarnacion wraps up a second consecutive fantastic season. He put together a line of .272/.370/.534 to go with 36 home runs, 104 RBI, and 90 runs scored. He even stole seven bases on eight attempts.
Encarnacion should be fully healthy for the start of the 2014 season, looking to rack up 35+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the third year straight.