Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/14/12

Can it be only two years since so many people wanted to run Edwin Encarnacion out of Toronto?

He became known as E5 for his erratic throws from third base. And he never came through with any consistency on the promise he showed with a 26-homer season for the Cincinnati Reds in 2008.

However, Encarnacion persevered through wrist and hand injuries, and the Blue Jays stayed with him, although their faith in him involved a couple of trips through waivers and a short time in the 2010 offseason with the Oakland Athletics before Toronto was lucky enough to be able to re-sign him as a free agent.

Encarnacion also spent some time with Class AAA Las Vegas in 2010.

The past two offseasons, he has worked hard on his conditioning, and last winter he worked with a coach in his native Dominican Republic to make his swing more compact.

He also has made a smooth transition to first base, and he spends time at designated hitter.

It has all come together for Encarnacion this season, He has long passed his career highs in home runs and RBI, and when he hit a three-run homer Thursday in Toronto's 8-3 win over the Seattle Mariners, he reached two more plateaus with 40 home runs and 102 RBI.

"For me it's a lot," he said of his home run total. "I knew I could get 30, but not 40. That's part of my work. In the offseason, I'm going to continue to do the same, come back next year and try to hit 40 again."

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