Edwin Encarnacion Hopes To Play In Game 5

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork.

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has formally announced that he thinks that the club will get back designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion for Game 5 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees.

Encarnacion has been sidelined for the last two contests with a sprained ankle that was sustained in the first inning of Game 2.

"He's been hitting off the machine already and we're gonna have him go out and run just to see where he is running-wise", Francona said during his press conference on Tuesday. But we want to use common sense. "How do you know?" said Francona. "But I'll be ready to play", Encarnacion told ESPN.

Encarnacion batted.258 with 38 home runs and 107 RBIs in his first season with the Indians this year.

"There is no tomorrow and I have to do whatever's necessary to be in the line-up because I know that I can help this team win". Michael Brantley, Encarnacion's replacement at DH, went a combined 1 for 6 with two strikeouts and a walk in the two games. Sure, Kluber had a rough outing in Game 2, but the chances of another poor performance from the best pitcher in the American League are minuscule.

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