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Rays shortstop Wander Franco slated to undergo surgery, will miss 5-8 weeks

Rays shortstop Wander Franco slated to undergo surgery, will miss 5-8 weeks

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco is expected to miss five to eight weeks after undergoing wrist surgery to repair the hamate bone in his right hand.

The 21-year-old Franco went down with a wrist injury early on Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds after he fouled a ball from pitcher Hunter Greene.

The pitch clocked in at 100.2 mph and hit the Dominican star right in the wrist as he swung. Franco stayed in the game but was placed on the injured list on Sunday.

“Right now it doesn’t feel too good. Not a lot of energy, just because I wish to play but we have to just keep on moving forward,” Franco said.

Franco has been an integral part of the Rays’ offensive attack, hitting an average of .260 to go along with five home runs and 23 RBIs.

He will likely be replaced by Taylor Walls, who has been hitting an average of .164/.245/.264 across 73 plate appearances.

John Carlo A. Villaruel is an international sports journalist. His work has been published in Fox, Cebu Daily News, VAVEL, and several other publications across North America, Europe, and Asia. John is a huge fan of MLB and basketball and has been writing sports content for the past five years.

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