7/4/2014 3:33 P.M. ET
Encarnacion to return to first base after dabbling in left
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- The experiment with Edwin Encarnacion in left field appears to be over as the Blue Jays no longer need him to play out of position.
Encarnacion made a pair of starts in the outfield this week to make room for Adam Lind at first base and Jose Bautista at DH. Bautista has been unable to play the field while he recovers from a minor strain in his left hamstring.
With Oakland using three left-handed starters over the next three days, Lind is expected to sit while Encarnacion will move back to first. By the time Toronto faces another right-hander pitcher it's expected that Bautista will be cleared to play the field.
"We won't need it," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday morning of Encarnacion. "Jose should be in the next couple of days. With the left-hander going today it might buy him a couple of more days. He should be fine after that I would think."
Encarnacion's defense was exposed during the second inning of Thursday night's ballgame when he misread a fly ball to left field. Encarnacion initially took a step in and then got twisted around before the ball eventually went over his head for a double.
Later in the game, Oakland took advantage of the situation again by testing his arm. A single was turned into a double by Brandon Moss and it became evident the Blue Jays wouldn't be able to stick with the experiment for much longer.
Encarnacion and Bautista are both in the mix for the upcoming All-Star Game in Minnesota. Bautista led all Major League players in votes when the latest ballots were released Sunday night while Encarnacion was fourth at the DH position.
The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Cecil activated, Gose optioned to Minors
OAKLAND -- Left-hander Brett Cecil was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday afternoon's game against the A's.
Cecil's recovery from a strained groin went about as well as could be expected. He missed the minimum 15 days and made a pair of rehab appearances with Triple-A Buffalo prior to re-joining his club.
With Cecil not having missed much time, the Blue Jays don't seem too concerned about easing him back into middle relief. He'll be called upon when the need presents itself.
"We'll pick our spots, if it's something where we need him, he lines up good with somebody over there, we'll use him regardless," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
To make room for Cecil on the 25-man roster, outfielder Anthony Gose was optioned to the Minor Leagues. That left Toronto with a starting outfield of Melky Cabrera, Darin Mastroianni and Brad Glenn.
Colby Rasmus will resume his starting duties in center field in the near future but remains day to day with a sore right wrist while Jose Bautista is still limited to designated hitter duties because of a hamstring injury.
When Rasmus and Bautista are completely healthy it's possible the Blue Jays will option Glenn to open up a spot for catcher Erik Kratz. For now, Gose is the odd man out while Mastroianni and Glenn remain in the fold because the club is facing a lot of left-handed pitching in the coming week.
"He definitely understood, he has come a long way," Gibbons said of Gose. "There will come a time when he can sit out in that room and not have to worry about that [stuff] anymore.
"He's some good things for us while he's been in here. He's been up and down a couple of times but he has helped us out in a lot of ways. He gets it, he understands what it's all about."