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Rays’ Wander Franco leaves rehab game earlier than expected

ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — Wander Franco left his second rehab game early because of right hand problems.

He was scheduled to play seven innings at shortstop for Triple-A Durham on Monday, but “felt it a little bit” in his second at-bat and pinch-hit in the fifth, manager Kevin Cash said. Franco went 1-for-2 with a single and a groundout before leaving.

Cash doesn’t plan on Franco getting X-rays, and the Rays will see how Franco feels before determining his status by Wednesday. The Bulls have a day off Tuesday.

“(Franco) just said, ‘That’s good,’” Cash said.

Franco resumed his rehabilitation on Sunday for a broken hamate bone in his right hand, which he suffered on July 9 and underwent surgery three days later. He originally began a rehab assignment Aug. 16, but came out after two at-bats in pain. The Rays later released him from the rehab assignment five days later amid continued discomfort.

Franco went 2-for-4 in five plate appearances on Sunday. The tentative plan was for him to play with the Bulls through Sept. 10; at this point, it’s unclear how his timeline will be affected.

Bruján finished off, leaves the game

Vidal Bruján left the game in the ninth inning after being hit by Alex Verdugo.
Vidal Bruján left the game in the ninth inning after being hit by Alex Verdugo.

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Vidal Bruján came out in the ninth inning Monday after Boston’s Alex Verdugo hit him and he slid to second base. Cash said he’ll probably be in day-to-day, but he should be fine.

Bruján, who had no problem with Verdugo’s skid, also took a pitch to the elbow while pinch-hitting in the seventh. However, he said his right knee hurts more.

“I’m in a little bit of pain right now, but the doctor said (the knee) wasn’t going to be anything serious, so it’s good news,” Bruján said through team interpreter Manny Navarro.

Diaz addresses the ‘bad call’

Nearly 23 hours after he struck out looking to end the game, Yandy Diaz still hadn’t stopped thinking about the final strike that sealed a 2-1 loss to the Yankees on Sunday. Diaz thought reliever Clay Holmes’ pitch was low and a “bad call.”

“Everyone saw it, and I don’t think a decision like that should be made to decide a game,” Diaz said through Navarro. “And we have good hitters behind me who were looking to hit.”

Diaz has gone 17-for-39 with a 1.137 OPS over the last 10 games. During that time, the ball sometimes looked “like a soccer ball,” he said.

A difficult decision on Wisler

Matt Wisler, seen here in a July outing, is a free agent after this season.
Matt Wisler, seen here in a July outing, is a free agent after this season. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
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Cash said he “sucks” designating veteran reliever Matt Wisler for assignment, and if he passes waivers and wants to stay in the organization and go to Triple-A Durham, he would be welcome.

But the decision also seemed to indicate that the Rays felt better keeping JT Chargois (who, like Wisler, also has no options), as well as rookie Calvin Faucher and left-hander Garrett Cleavinger, who could have been picked but then wasn’t. eligible. be remembered for 15 days.

Wisler, 30 next week, went 3-3, 2.36 in his first 38 games for the Rays this season, striking out 34. He missed six weeks with a neck strain, was reinstated Thursday after an unimpressive rehab season and worked two innings on Sunday. , allowing a hit.

Wisler, who receives the rest of his $2.16 million salary, is a free agent after the season. The move also opens up a spot on the 40-man roster the Rays will need at some point.

Miscellany

Cash met with Ji-Man Choi on Monday to discuss his recent slump and said the Rays will continue to try to help Choi find a rhythm ahead of a “big month.” Choi has just five hits in his last 54 at-bats, striking out 26 times. … Reliever Colin Poche, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning, had “maybe the best breaking ball we’ve seen him use in a long time,” Cash said. … Reliever Pete Fairbanks had retired 19 straight batters before giving up a leadoff single in the ninth. … With the win, the Rays clinched their season series against the Red Sox for the fourth straight year.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

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