Wander Franco heads to IL and will undergo surgery on his hand
Ricky Gray | July 12, 2022
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Tampa Bay Rays revealed the shortstop will be out for 5-8 weeks.
News in Tampa Bay continues to get worse as SS Wander Franco has been ruled out for 5-8 weeks. He suffered an injury to his hand which will now require surgery.
Franco suffered an injury to his hamate, a carpal bone situated on the lower outside edge of the hand. He left Saturday's 5-4 loss at Cincinnati after fouling off a Hunter Greene pitch before striking out.
Manager Kevin Cash announced on Monday that the 21-year-old will be out for five to eight weeks. At the moment, Franco is hitting .260 with five homers and 23 RBI in 58 games in the first season of a $182m, 11-year contract.
Both Franco and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday. Kiermaier, who is 32, is dealing with left hip inflammation and will see a specialist in Tennessee.
Cash commented: “KK's going to be down for some time. We need to let the hip calm down and let the expert give his recommendation. KK might have a decision to make at that point.”
The Tampa Bay Rays have been on quite the rough stretch and this news doesn’t help. Over their last five games, the Rays have lost three of them. All three losses were handed to them by the Cincinnati Reds.
They rank third in the AL East with a record of 46-40, however, they’re being closely followed by the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. A few losses and the Rays could be at the bottom of the AL East in no time.
They continue their series against the Boston Red Sox today at 7:10 PM ET.