Rays shortstop Wander Franco continued his rehabilitation duties on Sunday, becoming the designated hitter for the Triple-A Durham Bulls as he struggles to return from hamate surgery in July. Plan, forwarded by Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Timesis for Franco to stick with the Bulls for a few more games and rejoin the Rays for their series against the Blue Jays on September 12.
Of course, this depends on Franco feeling good in the coming days. He tried to start the rehab assignment a few weeks ago but already pull hand continued to hurt. However, it seems that this time he is in a better position. “This is definitely the best thing I’ve felt since the injury,” Franco told Topkin, via interpreter Manny Navarro. “That’s probably the most important thing, if he feels good where he is, where we are,” manager Kevin Cash speak.
Bringing Franco back in the final few weeks of the season will certainly be a boon for the Rays. They are currently the Yankees’ five comebacks in the battle for the AL East crown and are sandwiched between the Mariners and Blue Jays in the Wild Card picture. The club also placed a second baseman Brandon Lowe on IL last week, subtracted in addition to their infield depth.
Other injury notes from around the league…
- Astros righty Justin Verlander attended IL a week ago due to a calf injury, with both Verlander and general manager James Click expressing optimism that significant absences were unnecessary. However, Verlander probably won’t return after 15 days minimum, Click says Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. The Astros are lucky enough to get an 86-48 record, six games ahead of the Yankees for the best record in the US Championship and 17 games against the Guardians/Twins leading Central. That means the club are heading to the first round of bye and could allow Verlander to return at whatever pace is best for his health, as opposed to rushing him back for meaningful matches in the long run. Prior to his injury, the 39-year-old had had an incredible season, especially as he had effectively missed the previous two years. He threw 152 turns in 2022 with a 1.84 ERA, a 26.5% hit rate and a 4.5% walk rate on his way to a 16-3 record. By passing the 130-play mark, he’s made a $25 million player pick for next year.
- The nation is on the right Victor Arano was on the injured list for 15 days, retroactively to September 2, due to a strain on the right shoulder muscle. The club have not released any information on Arano’s time, but with only about four weeks left on the schedule, it is possible the illness will end his season. He’s thrown 42 innings this year, his first MLB action since 2019. He has an ERA of 4.50, a 23.5% hit rate, a 6.4% walk rate and a 6.4% hit rate. tackle rate 51.6%. The 58.9% stuck rate is probably exaggerating that ERA, with advanced stats like FIP (3.71), xFIP (3.45) and SIERA (3.12) deeming him well deserved. much more. The 27-year-old will pass his three years of MLB service at the end of the season, meaning he will qualify as a referee for the first time.