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Indians Manager Terry Francona Updates the Condition of the Slugger Edwin Encarnacion

CLEVELAND – While the Indians were celebrating their wild comeback 9-8 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night, there was still concern over the ankle sprain suffered in the first inning by Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

The DH went down in a heap on a line out as he was trying to beat a throw back to second back with one out in the first inning.

When he reached the base, you could clearly see on the replay how he turned badly his ankle, and Encarnacion was down for several minutes before being helped off the field.

The Indians announced it was a right ankle sprain, and that he would be evaluated, and after the game manager Terry Francona shed some light on the injury.

“He went and got an MRI,” Francona said. “The results came back that he’s got obviously an ankle sprain, the severity of it, it’s going to depend on how he feels.

“Right now he’s day-to-day, which if that’s the case would be tremendous. We’ll see how he is when he shows up tomorrow, we obviously don’t want to rush putting him on the DL, so we’ll see how he does.”

The Indians will be leaving for New York Friday night/Saturday morning, so it seems that the Indians power hitter would travel with the team to the Big Apple.

What happens from there is anyone’s guess, as if the team can wrap up the ALDS on Sunday, Edwin would have until Friday to get the ankle ready for the ALCS against the winner of the Houston-Boston series.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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