OAKLAND – Edwin Encarnacion suffered a right leg injury in the first inning of the Blue Jays' Saturday night game against the Athletics.
The club's preliminary diagnosis is “right quadriceps soreness.” Encarnacion will undergo an MRI on Sunday.
Encarnacion was at the plate with one out and Jose Reyes on third base and Melky Cabrera on first. He beat out a groundball by a step but pulled up lame. He required the assistance of trainers George Poulis and Mike Frostad to leave the field.
"I felt some pop before I touched the base. That's why after I touched the base I let my body go to the ground because I felt a lot of pain," Encarnacion said.
Reyes scored on the play. Adam Lind pinch ran for Encarnacion and replaced him at first base.
Losing Encarnacion for a prolonged period of time would be damaging to the Blue Jays' playoff hopes. He is baseball's leader with 69 RBI. Encarnacion's 26 home runs place him in a second-place tie with Baltimore's Nelson Cruz, one behind Jose Abreu of the White Sox.
"I'd be very surprised if it wasn't a DL, for a couple of weeks at least. I don't know that for sure yet," manager John Gibbons said.
"Of course, in this moment I don't want to go to the DL. I want to be playing, helping my team to win games," Encarnacion added. "That's what we need right now, we don't need me to go to the DL, it's going to be very frustrating for me. We'll see what happens."