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MacArthur: Encarnacion exits Jays' win with back tightness

Scott MacArthur
6/4/2014 11:39:22 PM
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DETROIT – The red hot Blue Jays continued to surge on Wednesday, beating the Tigers 8-2 for a fourth-straight win and 13th in 15 games.

The victory, however, came with a price. Edwin Encarnacion left the game in the ninth inning with tightness in his back.

His status for Thursday afternoon's series finale at Comerica Park is uncertain.

"I don't think it's anything bad," said Encarnacion. "We'll see (Thursday) if it maybe needs one day, or if I can play DH. We'll see (Thursday)."

Encarnacion is the club leader in home runs (19) and slugging percentage (.612). He's coming off American League Player of the Month honours for his 16-home run May, the first time in his career he's won the award.

He doesn't have a history of back problems.

"It's been bothering me a little bit," said Encarnacion. "It was getting tighter and tighter after inning by inning."

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