BALTIMORE – The Blue Jays won the game, 11-3, and the series, two out of three, at Camden Yards but it came at a price.
Maicer Izturis, who'd begun to morph into the Blue Jays starting second baseman thanks to a hot start offensively, sprained his left knee in a freak accident in the first inning. It happened as he was descending the dugout steps to the bat rack.
Izturis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. It was a freak accident and while the early diagnosis is a sprain, when Izturis explains it, he's expecting the worst.
"It's in the knee, I felt it pop twice," said Izturis. "Now I feel pain. It's sore right now and I'm worried about that."
Izturis, off to a .286/.324/.314 start, will have an MRI on Monday in Minneapolis. Infielder Munenori Kawasaki has been called up from Buffalo.
Meanwhile, Colby Rasmus left the game after scoring a run in the sixth inning. He says he tweaked his left hamstring while making a running catch on a Nick Markakis fly ball in the fifth.
Rasmus doesn't believe it's serious.
"Just to make sure it's nothing big and we've got an off day (Monday) and we were up in the game, so I decided to come out just to make sure everything's good," said Rasmus.
If Rasmus is forced to miss games, the timing isn't good. He's heating up at the plate with home runs in back-to-back games and a three-hit, three-RBI afternoon on Sunday.
Rasmus' home run in the first inning on Sunday left the park, literally, landing on Eutaw Street in front of the famous warehouse building in right field.
It was the 78th home run to land on Eutaw Street in the history of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which is in its 23rd season.
Encarnacion feels relief
Edwin Encarnacion broke out on Sunday with a three-hit game, which included his first two RBIs of the season.
Did Edwin feel any relief?
"Big time," said Encarnacion.
Manager John Gibbons dropped Encarnacion to the fifth spot in the order, moving Adam Lind up to clean-up.
"Just timing," said Encarnacion of his early season issues. "Hitting is about timing. When you have the timing, you can hit. I feel a lot better the last couple of games so I hope I continue to do that."
Through 12 games, Encarnacion had been hitting only .174/.240/.261. He's still looking for his first home run.
Happ to join Jays in Minneapolis
Left-hander J.A. Happ, who started the season on the disabled list with inflammation in his back, will rejoin the ballclub in time for the three-game series against the Twins.
To make room for Happ on the active roster, catcher Erik Kratz was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.
Reyes and Janssen go to Florida
While their teammates travel to chilly Minneapolis, Jose Reyes (hamstring) and Casey Janssen (abdominal strain) are headed to Dunedin to continue their respective rehabilitations.
Reyes will play in an extended spring training game on Monday, which will allow him to lead off each inning. He'll then play for Single-A Dunedin on Tuesday.
Janssen is expected to make an in-game appearance no later than Tuesday.
The Blue Jays hope to have Reyes back for next weekend's series in Cleveland.
The timetable for Janssen's return is less clear at the moment.