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Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion sidelined with oblique strain

Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion will miss at least a week with a side strain.

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Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion will be sidelined for at least a week because of a strained side.

Manager John Gibbons calls it a "minor oblique problem" and expects Encarnacion to be ready for the April 3 opener at Tampa Bay.

The two-time All-Star first baseman-designated hitter was expected to make his spring training debut this week. Encarnacion already has missed more than two weeks recovering from an abscessed tooth that was pulled Feb. 28.

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Encarnacion batted .277 with 39 homers and 111 RBIs last season, helping lead Toronto to its first AL East title in 22 years.

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