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Rays SS Wander Franco expected to miss 6-8 weeks with hand injury

Franco started Saturday’s game but left after the first half inning due to a hand injury.

Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox
Wander Franco of the Tampa Bay Rays cant control the ball in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 5, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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UPDATE: Franco is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with the hand injury he suffered in Saturday’s game against the Reds.

UPDATE: Franco is going to the IL, although we don’t know for how long, per Marc Topkin. It is an issue with his hamate which is the bottom part of his hand. If it is a 10-day IL stint, he will be available after the All-Star break.

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco struck out in the top of the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds and then left the game for an undisclosed reason, per Charlie Goldsmith.

The best guess with an instant reaction is that Franco hurt something in his hand or wrist while fouling off a 100-mph fastball from Reds’ starter Hunter Greene. Yu Chang came on to play second base in relief as Taylor Walls moved over to shortstop.

Franco has played in 57 games this season and is hitting .261 with 12 doubles, two triples and five home runs with 23 RBI. Hopefully the injury is just something that he can overcome with some rest. If he does miss any extended amount of time, the Rays will likely slide Wells over to shortstop and then will likely utilize either Vidal Brujan or Brandon Lowe at their usual position at second base.