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October 11, 2021 02:08 AM
Rays' Wander Franco: Homers in eighth inning
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco went 2-for-6 with a solo homer and two runs in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Franco sparked a rally in the top of the eighth inning with his first home run of the postseason. The 20-year-old has been effective across his first three playoff appearances, going 6-for-15 with a homer, two doubles, four runs and two RBI.

October 8, 2021 12:44 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Delivers in playoff debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run in Game 1 of the ALDS against Boston on Thursday.

The 20-year-old wasted no time making an impact in his playoff debut, as he clubbed a double during the opening frame to score Randy Arozarena from first base. Franco then came around to score, and he was stranded at second after doubling again during the seventh inning. Franco delivered an .810 OPS in his first 70 big-league games this year and clearly isn't fazed by the postseason spotlight.

October 2, 2021 10:36 AM
Rays' Wander Franco: Plates two in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco went 1-for-5 with a two-run single in a win over the Yankees on Friday.

One night after seeing his on-base streak come to a halt at 43 games, Franco reached safely in his final at-bat, extending the Rays' lead to 4-1 in the top of the ninth with a timely knock. The 20-year-old phenom appears fully prepared to thrive in the postseason spotlight if his body of work over his first 68 big-league games (.284/.346/.465 slash line) is any indication.

October 1, 2021 01:24 AM
Rays' Wander Franco: On-base streak ends
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Astros on Thursday, ending his on-base streak at 43 games.

Franco showed no signs of cooling off in Tuesday's win over Houston, when he went 3-for-5 with a double to match the legendary Frank Robinson for the longest on-base streak by a player 20 years of age and under. The conclusion of Franco's phenomenal run came under bizarre conditions as well, as the rookie actually reached first base three times Thursday on two fielder's choice groundouts and an infield single that was ultimately reversed via instant replay. Despite the disappointment, Franco looks primed to not only play a pivotal role in the Rays' upcoming postseason run, but for many seasons to come as well.

September 26, 2021 08:36 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Knocks two extra-base hits
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs scored in Sunday's 3-2 win over Miami.

Franco is up to 41 consecutive games reaching base as the superstar rookie continues to impress. He doubled and scored in the first inning before ripping a triple and scoring again in the fifth. He improved his season slash line to .287/.350/.476 with 29 extra-base hits through 280 plate appearances.

September 25, 2021 03:16 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Normal usage starting Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco is available off the bench Saturday and should see normal usage over the rest of the season, radio broadcaster Steve Carney reports.

He only got into one rehab game on his way back from a hamstring injury, so the Rays wanted to give him a breather Saturday. Manager Kevin Cash said Franco will start Sunday, and with an off day Monday, he shouldn't need any scheduled days off next week.

September 25, 2021 02:12 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Sitting Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco is not in Saturday's lineup against the Marlins, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

He returned from the injured list Friday after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury. Joey Wendle will start at shortstop and bat fifth.

September 24, 2021 10:24 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Extends on-base streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in Friday's 8-0 victory over Miami.

Making his first appearance since Sep. 10, Franco extended his on-base streak to 40 games after a sixth-inning walk. He then knocked a double in the eighth. The star rookie is hitting .323 during his on-base streak and now owns an .812 OPS on the year.

September 24, 2021 08:08 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco (hamstring) was reinstated off the 10-day injured list Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franco's strained right hamstring will only wind up keeping him out for two weeks. He's ready to go after just a single rehab game and will look to recapture the excellent form he was in prior to the injury, as he slashed .336/.397/.555 with a miniscule 6.6 percent strikeout rate over his last 35 games. Taylor Walls was optioned to clear a spot on the roster.

September 24, 2021 01:20 AM
Rays' Wander Franco: Logs rehab game action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco (hamstring) went 0-for-1 with two walks and a run in Triple-A Durham's win over Gwinnett on Thursday.

Franco was limited to a three-inning simulated game Wednesday after the Bulls' contest against the Stripers was rained out, and he was able to run the bases and take groundballs in each frame. He then started and played the full game at shortstop in Game 1 of Thursday's twin bill, leaving him poised for a likely activation from the injured list Friday.

September 23, 2021 01:16 AM
Rays' Wander Franco: Rehab game postponed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco (hamstring) was unable to take part in his first rehab game Wednesday due to Triple-A Durham's contest against Gwinnett being postponed by inclement weather.

Adam Berry of relays Franco reported to Durham on Tuesday and was able to log five at-bats in live batting practice while also fielding groundballs at shortstop without setbacks. Getting live at-bats in game action would have been the next step Wednesday, but due to the postponement, Franco will hope to be able to take the field Thursday before a likely Friday activation.

September 20, 2021 04:08 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Trending toward Friday return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Kevin Cash said Franco (hamstring) could return from the 10-day injured list Friday ahead of the Rays' series opener with the Marlins, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

Franco is slated to report to Triple-A Durham for a workout Tuesday before entering the Bulls' lineup Wednesday and Thursday. If Franco's strained right hamstring checks out fine following the back-to-back appearances, the Rays likely won't have much hesitation about activating him for the weekend. Before landing on the shelf, Franco pieced together a 39-game on-base streak, during which he hit .325 with 20 extra-base hits, 37 runs and 26 RBI.

September 18, 2021 11:36 AM
Rays' Wander Franco: Looks good running bases
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco (hamstring) looked good running the infield arc from first to third base prior to Friday's game against the Tigers, the team's official site reports.

The quickly-recovering shortstop also took batting practice and fielded grounders, making it a very good day's work in his bid to spend only the minimum time on the injured list. Franco is eligible to be activated Tuesday, and although the postseason-minded Rays may opt to hold him out a little longer, it appears the 20-year-old will have a chance to get in some regular-season at-bats in before suiting up for his first playoff series.

September 17, 2021 01:20 AM
Rays' Wander Franco: Hopes to return next week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco (hamstring) hopes to rejoin the major-league roster sometime next week, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franco has participated in on-field work the last two days, and he said Thursday that his hamstring feels much better. The infielder is eligible to return as early as Tuesday, but the Rays will presumably make sure he's feeling 100 percent healthy before he's activated.

September 16, 2021 04:00 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Participates in agility drills
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco (hamstring) participated in agility drills ahead of Thursday's game against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franco hit off a tee and participated in pregame activities Wednesday, and he continued to work on the field Thursday to test his hamstring. The 20-year-old has made quick progress in his recovery after he was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, but the Rays will likely exercise caution in bringing him back to preserve his health ahead of the postseason.

September 15, 2021 04:56 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Progressing quickly in recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco (hamstring) was slated to hit off a tee and take part in some pregame on-field activities Wednesday, the team's official site reports.

It's been a good week for the recovering shortstop thus far, as manager Kevin Cash also received glowing reports about Franco's progress Monday from Major League medical coordinator Paul Harker. Based on current developments, it seems like Franco has a fighting chance at getting at least a handful of games in before the beginning of the postseason, although given the volatile nature of soft-tissue injuries, his progress will bear monitoring.

September 12, 2021 12:08 AM
Rays' Wander Franco: Lands on 10-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

This move was expected after Franco suffered a right hamstring strain Friday against the Tigers. Taylor Walls was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Walls will be the primary shortstop while Franco is sidelined. Franco will get an MRI on Saturday and the hope is he will be able to return before the end of the regular season.

September 11, 2021 02:16 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Slated to miss time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco (hamstring) is expected to miss additional time following Friday's early exit, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franco will be further examined to determine the extent of his injury, but the Rays are hoping he's only dealing with a mild strain rather than a more serious issue. However, manager Kevin Cash said that the 20-year-old will likely require a trip to the injured list. Joey Wendle could see additional time at shortstop in Franco's absence, while Yandy Diaz would see increased time at third base in that case.

September 10, 2021 08:24 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Dealing with hamstring tightness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco exited Friday's game against the Tigers due to right hamstring tightness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franco was removed from Friday's matchup in the top of the first inning after he was hurt while running to third base. It's not yet clear whether he'll miss additional time, but he should be considered day-to-day for now.

September 10, 2021 07:20 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Exits with apparent injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco exited Friday's game against the Tigers in the top of the first inning with an apparent injury, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

Franco extended his on-base streak to 39 games with a single in the first inning, but he was examined by trainers after advancing to third base on a Nelson Cruz double. The specifics of the 20-year-old's injury aren't yet known, but he was replaced by a pinch runner following his visit with the team's trainers.

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