Rays Young Superstar Could Be Back Next Week

The Rays will be getting a much needed boost to their offense and defense soon. Wander Franco, out with a quad strain, has not played since May 30.

In 45 games this season, Franco has batted .270/.305/.727, with four homeruns, nineteen RBIs and four stolen bases. 

The Rays have struggled this month posting a disappointing 7-9 record, while playing around several injuries to key players.

Franco began his minor league rehab assignment for the Ray's Florida Complex League affiliate yesterday and immediately made an impact, tripling in his first at-bat. The youngster will most likely play again tonight, starting at shortstop. He will face another rehabbing star in Red Sox's pitcher, Chris Sale. 

If everything continues to go well, Franco is expected to move up to Triple-A Durham later this week and continue his rehab there. Barring any setbacks, there is a very good possibility the Rays get their star shortstop back sometime next week. 

The Rays called up Wander Franco early last season, and the twenty-one year old has already played in 115 major league games, slashing .281/.331/.447 with 11 homeruns, 58 RBIs, and six stolen bases. These are undoubtedly impressive stats for such a young player, and they will only improve as his career progresses. 

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