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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Edwin Encarnacion is photographed during batting practice prior to the Jays home opener against the Boston red Sox at the Rogers centre on April 9 2012. (Fred Lum/Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Edwin Encarnacion is photographed during batting practice prior to the Jays home opener against the Boston red Sox at the Rogers centre on April 9 2012. (Fred Lum/Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

Encarnacion gets a rare start in the outfield vs. White Sox Add to ...

Edwin Encarnacion will get a chance to dust off his outfielder’s glove for the game against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

The team’s leading hitter has played primarily first base and designated hitter for the Blue Jays this year.

But with the club wanting to utilize Colby Rasmus as the DH and also keep the hot bat of David Cooper in the lineup at first base, Encarnacion will get the start in left field.

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“The only way for us to get Colby in the DH slot without losing Eddie or Cooper is in this configuration,” Toronto manager John Farrell said. “So Eddie was comfortable with it.

“This isn’t a long term thing so it’s just a matter of trying to create some flexibility and a little bit of a rotation with the three guys mentioned.”

Encarnacion has started just one game in left field this season, back on June 10 in Atlanta against he Braves.

Encarnacion moved from first base to left field for the last three innings of Toronto’s game against the Los Angeles Angels on July 1.

Rasmus had sat out three games nursing a sore groin before he was used as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game against Chicago.

Farrell said that he believes playing both defence and batting might be a bit much as this stage in his recovery, hence Rasmus’ DH role on Wednesday.

“We’ll slowly work him back in there,” Farrell said.

Cooper, who doubled in Tuesday’s game, has now recorded seven extra base hits in the 15 games since he was recalled from Triple-A, batting .286.

Cooper has also shown a propensity for clutch hitting late in games, batting .415 from the seventh inning on.

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