CLEVELAND — The injury bug has been flying around the Cleveland Indians clubhouse, and it appears to have grounded an important team member. On Thursday morning, Edwin Encarnacion’s parrot was placed on the 10-day disabled list with what manager Terry Francona hopes is just a grade 2 wing sprain.
The parrot, known for being part of Encarnacion’s “Edwing” home run celebration, was injured Tuesday night during the celebration at home plate following Encarnacion’s walk-off grand slam.
Initial X-rays came back negative, and a timetable for the bird’s return is uncertain.
“It’s just unfortunate, but injuries to people and animals are just part of the game and something is going to have to step up to fill its role” Francona said. “Edwin’s celebration is a big part of our ballclub and we are going to keep it that way.”
Encarnacion’s bat has been heating up as of late, including five extra-base hits in the last week, but it is unclear if fatigue played a role in the injury. With the parrot’s move onto the disabled list, a roster spot did open up. No one has been called up yet, but word is the ever-versatile Michael Martinez may be signed to perch on Encarnacion’s shoulder until the parrot is back and healthy.