Originally written September 16, 2012 on MLB Injury News:

In the absence of Jose Bautista, the Toronto Blue Jays have been bolstered by another emerging star; Edwin Encarnacion.  However, the Blue Jays will be without Encarnacion Sunday.  He was scratched from the lineup with a sore tow on his right foot.

Encarnacion was held out of the Blue Jays lineup Friday due to a sore right wrist.  Now, according to the Associated Press, Encarnacion will miss another start due to pain in his right big toe.  The slugging first baseman did not do anything specifically to injure the toe, but the pain has built up and will force him out of the lineup.

While the Blue Jays have struggled this year, they have seen the emergence of Encarnacion.  He has 40 home runs on the season while batting .279/.382/.565.  He missed the All-Star Game this season, but has had a worthy year.  The 40 home runs is by far a career high for the 29-year old from the Dominican Republic.  His previous high was 26 home runs in 2008.

Toronto is 65-79 this season, a significant step back from their 81-81 finish last year.  Encarnacion's absence, of course, will have little bearing on the season, but the team will surely keep a close eye on his health.  Encarnacion does not become a free agent until after the 2015 season unless the Blue Jays exercise their team option for 2016.

Encarnacion has spent the last four seasons with Toronto after being traded in 2009.  With the Blue Jays, he has hit .265/.342/.497.  He signed a 5-year, $35 million deal with the club in 2010.
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