Yankees Activate 1B Edwin Encarnacion from Injured List

Edwin Encarnacion (10) with Cleveland Indians in 2018. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/Shutterstock (9686094ab)

New York Yankees saw 29 players end up on the injured list at some point this season, setting an MLB record. Luckily for them, the list is getting a bit thinner when they need that the most, as the first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was cleared to return to action on Tuesday.

Encarnacion landed on IR in early August, when he was hit by a pitch against Boston Red Sox and ended up with a fractured wrist. The injury has cost him 30 games, but he is now expected to play without restrictions and help Yankees during the final stretch of the 2019 MLB season.

“I think you guys know how I feel about him and the dimension he brings to our lineup, so excited to have him back,” – Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Tuesday. “I know he’s been feeling good now for a while. Excited to have him right back in the middle of our order.”

Edwin Encarnacion joined the Yankees in June from Seattle Mariners in a trade that saw right-hander Juan Then and cash considerations head to the opposite direction. Although he struggled in his first several games in New York, Encarnacion’s form steadily improved as time went by.

In 36 games he played with Yankees so far, Encarnacion has been batting.238, with nine home runs and 27 RBIs.