8/13/2014 8:18 P.M. ET
Encarnacion set to return for White Sox series
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Edwin Encarnacion completed his brief two-game rehab appearance with Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday night.
Encarnacion hit in the leadoff spot and played first base for the Bisons. He finished 1-for-4 and played all nine innings in the field.
Toronto has yet to make an official roster move but Encarnacion is expected to join the Blue Jays on Friday night in Chicago. That has been the stated plan since the beginning of the week and the final hurdle was cleared with his appearance at first base.
Encarnacion has been out since July 5 because of a strained right quadriceps muscle. He appeared in a total of four rehab games in the Minor Leagues and had three hits in 12 at-bats. The highlight came on Tuesday night when he hit a first-pitch grand slam for the Bisons.
"I want to try to get ready and serve my team so we can get to where we want to be, the playoffs," Encarnacion said after that game. "I feel great, I'm just trying to get my timing back. I just want to get ready here to get back to the big leagues with my team."
Club won't alter rotation despite extra off-days
SEATTLE -- The Blue Jays have decided against making any changes to their rotation and will instead give each of their five starters some extra rest.
Toronto has three off-days coming up in the next week. The first one is Thursday with another two on the way before and after a short two-game series in Milwaukee.
There had been some speculation that right-hander Drew Hutchison would have his next start skipped while the possibility of a three-man rotation also had been raised. In the end, the Blue Jays thought everyone could use a breather.
"It will do them all some good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "They all get at least one extra day now."
Right-hander Marcus Stroman will get the start Friday night vs. the White Sox and will be followed by veteran Mark Buehrle and Hutchison. Left-hander J.A. Happ and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will then get the call for the two games vs. the Brewers.
The starters in Chicago will be pitching on one extra day of rest while the pair in Milwaukee will have an extra two. By the time the Blue Jays return home for a series against the Rays on Aug. 22, it will be Stroman, Buehrle and Hutchison pitching on an extra two days of rest.
"I think they can all use it," Gibbons said. "We've been pretty fortunate, they've all pretty much hung in there. So, when we get the chance, we want to give them a little break."