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Indians Slugger Edwin Encarnacion Okay After Getting Hit on Hand by Pitch

CLEVELAND – The Indians had a scary moment in the 8th inning of Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Yankees, as they watched as 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion was smacked on the hand by a pitch from New York relief pitcher Chad Green.

Encarnacion, who had hit a two-run homer earlier in the win, grimaced in pain and put his hands on his knees as he tried to shake it off.

Erik Gonzlaez came into the game to pinch-run for him, and after the game manager Terry Francona said that thankfully tests came back indicating no major issues for Encarnacion.

“He’s okay, he got hit on the meat of the hand fortunately,” Francona said. “He checked out fine, he actually started to feel better pretty quick. We were going to run for him anyway, but that was a big sigh of relief.”

Encarnacion ended the afternoon going 1-for-3 with the two-run homer, and ends the first half hitting .225, with 22 homers and 65 runs batted in.

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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