Following the Jays' 9-6 loss to the Giants on Saturday, the club optioned third baseman Edwin Encarnacion to Triple-A Las Vegas and re-called infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir who is expected to take over the position. Encarnacion is working on a $4.75 million (U.S.) guaranteed contract and is eligible for salary arbitration following the 2010 season.
The decision to option the struggling Encarnacion was discussed on the recent west coast trip by GM Alex Anthopoulos and manager Cito Gaston. Following a hitless performance in four at-bats on Saturday accompanied by a two-base throwing error, the decision was made.
"We told him this wasn't permanent," Anthopoulos said. "If he goes down there, plays well, starts to get his swing going a little bit, he should be able to find his way back here. We explained to him Jose Bautista went through the same thing with the Pirates when we acquired him."
Encarnacion was batting .200 in 37 games, with seven errors. He began the season on the major-league roster, but was disabled due to a wrist problem, bounced back strong with in late-May hitting home runs as his first five hits off the disabled list, but has slumped again.
Hoffpauir at Vegas was hitting .332, with nine homers and 43 RBIs in 56 games.