Toronto Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion tosses his bat after a strike against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denett
The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette
March 10, 2015

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion likely will be sidelined for four-to-five days because of back inflammation.

The two-time All-Star said he felt a little tightness after Sunday's game against Pittsburgh and had a precautionary MRI on Monday night.

''We're checking it today to see what I have,'' Encarnacion said Tuesday. ''It's something I want to make sure it's right. ... I want to do that before I continue my work.''

Manager John Gibbons expects the first baseman-designated hitter to return to the lineup in about a week.

''It's just irritation, you know, a lot of swings early in camp,'' Gibbons said. ''There's no damage in there.''

Encarnacion hit .268 with 34 homers and 98 RBIs in 128 games last season, hindered by a right quadriceps injury throughout the second half. He is hitless in six plate appearances in spring training.

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