The Toronto Blue Jays announced the news via Twitter:
Encarnacion (left wrist) and Cecil (elbow) placed on DL for remainder of season. Edwin to have surgery later in week to repair cartilage.
— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) September 17, 2013
According to the Globe and Mail, Encarnacion will have surgery on his left wrist to clean out what they are calling “suspected loose cartilage in the outside portion of his left wrist”. Cecil is experiencing “nerve irritation in his pitching elbow”.
Both players were first time All-Stars this year and had terrific individual campaigns. Edwin batted .272/.370/.534 and finished with 36 home runs to come up just shy of back-to-back 40 HR seasons.
Cecil saw his career rejuvenated after he was moved to the bullpen full-time this season. He struck out an impressive 10.4 batters per nine and pitched to a 1.104 WHIP. However he struggled in the second half and Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that Cecil will have a precautionary MRI.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Encarnacion returning to the lineup with nothing to play for (other than individual milestones) so I’m not bothered that the Blue Jays have decided to shut him down for the remaining two weeks or so. Same with Cecil, who was a monster when he was at 100% this year. A good bill of health will be much more important for the pair going forward compared to a few meaningless September appearances.