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Indians Slugger Edwin Encarnacion Leaves the Indians Clubhouse on Crutches

CLEVELAND – The mood at Progressive Field took a serious turn on Friday after DH Edwin Encarnacion left the game with a sprained right ankle trying to get back to second base following a first inning Jay Bruce line out.

The slugger had to be helped back to the dugout and then the clubhouse, where it was eventually announced he had suffered a sprain of the right ankle.

While the Yankees were building a lead over the Indians 8-3 in the 6th inning, Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted that Encarnacion left the Tribe clubhouse on crutches and a walking boot.

The question would be what the suticase and backpack are for, possibly for him to get an MRI done on the ankle to see just how bad the sprain is and possibly if there’s any other damage?

Only time will tell, for now it for sure looks as if Encarnacion won’t be available for the Indians game three in New York on Sunday, or likely the fourth game of the series on Monday.

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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