The surprise team in the AL East suffered a significant blow over the weekend when Encarnacion injured his right leg trying to beat out a double play. The team-leader in home runs and RBI required assistance off the field. A MRI performed Monday revealed a Grade 2 strain of his quadriceps muscle. Encarnacion's description of the injury, including recalling a “pop” sound, was a hint that the injury was more than just a minor strain. In Grade 2 strains tearing occurs in the muscle belly fibers or in the tendon itself. These types of injuries are often reported as a partial tear since the muscle is damaged but did not rupture or avulse away from the bone. Grade 2 strains are accompanied by a loss of function but not as severe as a total tear.
The quadriceps is actually a group of muscles that work to in unison to not only bend the hip (hip flexion) but also straighten the knee (knee extension). Since the quad is a two joint muscle, extr
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