NEW YORK – Wander Franco’s rehabilitation after surgery on his right hand has been delayed for at least a few days and possibly more, due to pain that forced him to drop out of his first game for Triple-A Durham on Tuesday .
Franco sat out Wednesday’s game in Norfolk, Va., and received hand treatment after breaking his hook on a July 9 swing. He was operated on July 12. His status for Thursday’s 12:05 p.m. game for the Bulls won’t be known until he sees how he feels in the morning, and, if better, after a little pre-workout. match.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said he spoke with Franco on Tuesday night and was “just a little sore” and shouldn’t be out for a long time.
The Rays were hoping Franco would play enough with the Bulls this week to be activated by the weekend or early next week. Now, it could come down to a matter of the 21-year-old’s tolerance for playing through the pain.
On the Bulls’ pre-match radio show, Durham manager Brady Williams said Franco had a setback but could still be ready for Sunday’s series finale.
“He had a wincing swing (Tuesday), (and) the last swing kind of sent him over the top,” Williams told broadcaster Patrick Kinas. “(Wednesday) he had a slight setback, so we will reevaluate… see where he is (Thursday).
“Hopefully he can get treatment (Wednesday) and feel better (Thursday). There are still four games left in the week to see how he reacts to this. He’s still on track to get out of here. , hopefully healthy.”
Outfielder Manuel Margot, out since late June with a sprained patellar tendon in his right knee, went 0-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday in his sixth rehab game. He is slated to DH for the Bulls on Thursday and join the Rays on Saturday, the first day he is eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.
Reliever JT Chargois, out since early April with an oblique stump, is also set to return, having made his ninth appearance for the Bulls, and his second consecutive scoreless outing, on Tuesday. Reliever Nick Anderson is nearing the end of his rehab window and is expected to make back-to-back outings Thursday through Friday.
Pitchers Yonny Chirinos (Tommy John surgery August 2020) and Brendan McKay (thoracic outlet syndrome surgery) have moved their Class A rehab assignment from Charleston (SC) to Durham.
“Yonny worked very, very hard to get here; his (speed) increased,” Cash said. “Brendan, he works too. Things haven’t quite gotten to where he was before the injury, but one would expect it to take a long time for that.
Revamped pitch plans
To get an extra day off for their starters in a 17-day streak, the Rays drop a spot in the rotation Thursday against the Royals. The candidate most likely to be called up is right-hander Luis Patino, who has had a turbulent season between injuries and inconsistencies. He’s 0-1, 6.75 in three starts for the Rays and 2-1, 3.70 in seven for Durham between rehab and post-option starts. … The Royals are also calling a starter for Thursday after moving Brad Keller to the bullpen.
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