CHICAGO -- As expected, the Indians placed Edwin Encarnacion on the disabled list with a contusion in his right hand on Sunday. Infielder Yandy Diaz was summoned from Triple-A Columbus.
Encarnacion said after Friday's game that he had been swinging with one arm to compensate for the bone bruise on his right hand, which occurred after being hit by a pitch on July 15. The hand injury landed Encarnacion on the disabled list, but Indians manager Terry Francona said Encarnacion also had some biceps swelling after the 3-1 win over the White Sox on Saturday.
"There's some swelling in the biceps that is not bad at all," Francona said after Saturday's win. "Between the wrist and the biceps, we just thought 10 days of letting him come back and being Edwin made the most sense."
Encarnacion departed Friday's 1-0 loss to the White Sox in the fourth inning with the injury. The slugger was examined by Dr. Thomas Graham before Saturday's game.
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"He got his hand X-rayed, and it came back actually really good, really clean, so we were pleased about that," Francona said.
For Saturday, the Indians played with a short bench and Melky Cabrera slotted into the DH spot. Cabrera went 0-for-3 [and was hit by a pitch].
Diaz is making his second appearance in the big leagues this season, as he was called up briefly after the All-Star break. This time, Diaz wants to stay in the lineup for good, but he also understands his role.
"Obviously, I'd like to stay in the lineup, but I know that the team is also doing really well right now," Diaz said through a team interpreter. "I think what I showed [a few weeks ago] was my hitting ability, that's the best thing I have about my game."
Diaz has been playing first base and third base in Columbus. At Triple-A, he's hit .293/.409/.388 with three home runs in 426 plate appearances. He continued his hot hitting in the Indians' 9-7 win over the White Sox, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run.
In 104 games this season, Encarnacion is hitting .229/.317/.461 with 25 home runs and 81 RBIs.
Kluber ill but won't miss start
Corey Kluber left prior to Saturday's game with the White Sox but isn't dealing with anything serious, Francona said.
According to the manager, Kluber was "a little under the weather" and went back to the team hotel. He had been in the Indians' clubhouse before the game but left around 2 1/2 hours prior to first pitch.
"He was able to come in and get his work done, both the last couple days," Francona said. "But when you're in a room like this with 30 people, rather than try to give it to everybody, we'd rather send him back."
The illness won't affect Kluber's next scheduled start Tuesday in Cincinnati, and Francona said Kluber was feeling much better Sunday morning. Kluber is again in the American League Cy Young conversation this season, owning a 14-6 record, 2.74 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 24 starts.
Francona reminisces on Thome
Newly minted Hall of Famer Jim Thome was honored before the first pitch Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field, and early-arriving fans received a special Thome bobblehead.
Though Thome spent most of his career in Cleveland, he played 3 1/2 seasons with the White Sox. Francona managed against Thome many times over the course of his career.
"He could hit the ball a long way," Francona said. "He's a lot of what's good about our game. That's the best way I could put it. He's the same guy now that he was 20, 30 years ago. He makes every person he comes in contact with feel good, respectful. If you're gonna go say something bad about him, you're really searching."
Thome spent 13 seasons in Cleveland and finished his illustrious career with 612 home runs, which ranked seventh all-time when he retired. He has since been passed by the Angels' Jose Pujols.