NEW YORK -- Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion is hoping to play again this postseason after sustaining ligament damage in his right ankle during Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.
Manager Terry Francona said Encarnacion probably won't start Game 3 on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, "but he's not been ruled out either." Outfielder Michael Brantley is expected to be the designated hitter in Game 3.
"For him to get an opportunity to be part of what we're doing is extra meaningful to him," Francona said of Brantley, who missed the Indians' World Series run last season.
Encarnacion was wearing a boot and using crutches Saturday during a day off in the best-of-five matchup. The Indians lead 2-0.
He said nothing is broken in his ankle and described himself as being day-to-day.
"I don't know if 'remarkably better' is a good word, but pretty close," Francona said of Encarnacion. "He's doing much better today. ... So we'll take our time and allow him to continue to get treatment. But if he's that close to being available, that's a really good sign. So we're obviously not going to do anything roster-wise."
The injury occurred in the first inning Friday night in a game Cleveland eventually won 9-8 in the 13th inning. Encarnacion was trying to get back to second base on a line drive and jammed his foot into the bag.
He was doubled off on the play. The Indians initially said he had a sprained ankle.
Encarnacion hit 38 homers with 107 RBIs in his first season with the Indians. Cleveland signed him to a three-year, $60 million contract after he spent seven-plus seasons with Toronto.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.