Francona confident Encarnacion will play in Game 5

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said he believes Edwin Encarnacion will be able to play in Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

Encarnacion missed Games 3 and 4 after suffering a sprained right ankle in Game 2.

“I think so,” Francona said, per “We’re going to, obviously, go through the workout. He’s been hitting off the machine already, and we’re going to have him go out and run just to see where he is running-wise. He was never exactly our biggest base-stealing threat, but we want to use common sense.”

Encarnacion was injured while trying to get back to second base on a line drive out on Friday. He had to be helped off the field and did not play in the next two games, but Francona said the designated hitter has made significant progress.

“We’re going to go out at 4 o’clock and he’ll do some running,” Francona said on Tuesday. “And we’ll kind of gauge where he is. I think he’ll be OK. Last night during the game he was moving and hitting around a little bit. I think he’ll be OK.”

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