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Edwin Encarnacion is playing left field in the Dominican Winter League

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 22: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning during MLB game action against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim September 22, 2011 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)

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We heard last month that Edwin Encarnacion was going to play some left field during winter ball. Well, the experiment is officially underway.

According to a report in the Toronto Sun, Encarnacion has played left field in four out of his first five games with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League.

Encarnacion proved to be pretty terrible with the glove at the hot corner, so he mostly split time between first base and designated hitter this past season. He’ll obviously be much more useful if he can add left field to his resume, though the Blue Jays already have plenty of options for their outfield with Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus, Eric Thames, Travis Snider, Rajai Davis and the recently-acquired Ben Francisco. Toronto’s GM Alex Anthopoulos said earlier this month that even second baseman Kelly Johnson could get a look out there.

Encarnacion, who turns 29 in January, batted .272/.334/.453 with 17 home runs, 55 RBI and a .787 OPS this past season. He posted an .887 OPS after the All-Star break.