UPDATES & NEWS
Update: Edwin Encarnacion is expected to miss two to four weeks, but that could change based on evaluation in next few days. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list.
Encarnacion strained his quad beating out a double play ball in Saturday's contest in Oakland. He drove in the runner from third (Jose Reyes), but it came at a cost. The All-Star break couldn't come at a more convenient time.ANALYST:
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender