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Wander Franco’s recovery from wrist surgery has stalled, so Rays star pulled from rehab assignment

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News Sports: Tampa Bay Rays star Wander Franco has been hit by a bump in his recovery from surgery on his right wrist. Franco was released from rehab with Triple-A Durham because he felt pain in his right hand while swinging the cane. Instead, Franco will return to St. Petersburg, where he will continue to receive treatment for his surgically repaired wrist.

Franco, who entered the pro scene as one of the most famous prospects in years, had an impressive rookie season in 2021 at the age of 20. All of which is why the Rays at the end of November last year signed Franco to an 11-year, $182 million contract extension. Those misfortunes don’t diminish Franco’s long-term potential, but the latest setback could affect the Rays’ designs in making and deep into the knockout stages. Currently, the Rays hold the third and final wildcard position in the US Championship. However, the Minnesota Twins are only 1 1/2 games behind, while the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox are 2 1/2 and 3 games respectively.

Franco, 21, hasn’t played for the Rays since July 9, and shortly after that day underwent surgery to correct a hook injury to his wrist/right hand. Franco was six days into a minor league detox when he decided to downsize his operations. It is not yet sure if Franco will be able to play again this season. Across 58 games for Tampa Bay in 2022, Franco owns a .260 / .308 / .396 (106 OPS+) line with five hosts. In Franco’s absence, Taylor Walls acted as the Rays’ main backstop, but he didn’t do well.

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It’s still possible the Rays will bring Franco back in the long run, but Sunday’s news means it won’t happen as soon as they’d hoped.

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