Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion out 4-5 days with back inflammation

Edwin Encarnacion has 112 homers over the past three seasons.

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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 RBI 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.