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Indians' Encarnacion hurts ankle ligament, status uncertain

Edwin Encarnacion Edwin Encarnacion |  Photo: AP

By JAKE SEINER
October 07, 2017 04:23 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion is hoping to play again this postseason after sustaining ligament damage in his right ankle during Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees.

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Manager Terry Francona said Encarnacion probably won't start Game 3 Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, but could play.

Encarnacion was wearing a boot and using crutches Saturday during a day off in the best-of-five matchup. The Indians lead 2-0.

Encarnacion said nothing is broken in his ankle. The designated hitter said he's day to day.

The injury occurred in the first inning Friday night in a game Cleveland eventually won 9-8 in the 13th. Encarnacion was trying to get back to second base on a line drive and jammed his foot into the bag.

Encarnacion was doubled off on the play. The Indians initially said he had a sprained ankle.

Encarnacion hit 38 homers with 107 RBIs in his first season with the Indians. Cleveland signed him to a three-year, $60 million contract after he spent seven-plus seasons with Toronto.

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By JAKE SEINER

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