Feb 21, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) before he takes batting practice as the Blue Jays work out at the Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
So not to make too much about nothing but my Twitter feed started blowing up today after comments made by Jeff Blair on The Fan 590. Blair told listeners that Toronto Blue Jays’ slugger Edwin Encarnacion would rather DH than play first base.
When asked about Blair’s remarks, Encarnacion denied there was any truth to the report.
Like I said, it doesn’t sound like Encarnacion is taking the report too seriously but I guess it does make sense he would want to primarily DH. However he’s still adequate with the glove and gives the Jays much more flexibility when he is able to cover first base duties. If it helps him that significantly at the plate I’m sure the Jays would at least consider moving him off but, especially against left-handed lineups, Encarnacion will need to play in the field unless Moises Sierra learns how to play first.