Yankees' Edwin Encarnacion out with right wrist fracture after Red Sox HBP

Mark TownsendYahoo Sports Contributor
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The New York Yankees most notable trade addition this summer will be sidelined for the foreseeable future.

First baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion was diagnosed with a right wrist fracture on Saturday after being hit by a pitch from Boston Red Sox hurler Josh Smith.

The injury occurred during the Yankees 9-2 victory in game one of a doubleheader against their longtime rivals. Encarnacion was hit in the eighth inning, but remained in the game to run for himself. He was taken for X-rays and a CT scan following the game.

According to James Wagner of the New York Times, Encarnacion has a hairline wrist fracture and said he hopes to be back in three to five weeks. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday, which should determine a better timeline. It’s safe to assume he’ll miss several weeks, and perhaps the rest of the regular season.

Since being acquired from the Seattle Mariners on June 15, Encarnacion has provided the pop the Yankees were looking for. In 36 games, he's swatted nine home runs while posting a .223/.312/.489 batting line. Overall this season, Encarnacion has 30 homers in 101 games.

The 36-year-old slugger crossed the 400 home run milestone earlier this season. With a strong recovery here and good health moving forward, he stands to have a good shot at reaching 500.

Mike Ford was recalled to take Encarnacion’s place on the roster Saturday. With Luke Voit also on the injured list, Ford figures to log key at-bats.

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