Tuesday August 23rd, 2016

An $11.5 million lawsuit filed against Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is "completely inappropriate and meritless," Encarnacion's agent said in a statement issued Tuesday, according to Fox Sports.

Encarnacion's agent, Paul Kinzer, says that his client intends to countersue.

Kinzer did not comment on the details of the lawsuit, but TMZ Sports reported that a 24-year-old woman is suing Encarnacion for battery, misrepresentation of the facts and more amid claims that the slugger gave her two sexually transmitted diseases.

“(Encarnacion) will take every legal measure to defend himself against this frivolous claim, and will bring appropriate claims in the appropriate forums against all of the individuals seeking to exploit his financial position,” Kinzer said in the statement. “This is an unacceptable attack on his exceptional character and stellar reputation within the baseball community as a man who carries himself with the highest level of integrity.”

Encarnacion, 33, will be a free-agent at the conclusion of the season. He is batting .268 with 35 home runs this year and leads the American League with 101 RBIs.

“Mr. Encarnacion will not be commenting on this matter,” Kinzer said. “He will not allow this to distract from his continued focus of contributing to his team’s success. We kindly ask that his privacy be respected.”

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