Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 3 days ago

Franklin, who is hitting eighth and playing second base Tuesday, was seen taking balls in left field before the game, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

The Rays Do not have room to give him everyday at-bats at second base with Tim Beckham and Logan Forsythe also in the mix and Ryan Brett working his way back from injury. Franklin has just one career MLB game in the outfield, but if he can get a start or two each in left field each week, that would go a long way toward him being useful in deeper formats.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 6 days ago

Franklin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Steve Carney of WDAE 620 AM reports.

For the time being, it looks like manager Kevin Cash will stick with Logan Forsythe as his primary second baseman rather than Franklin, who was activated from the DL on May 16. Franklin is 2-for-13 over his first five games of the season and could be ticketed for Triple-A Durham if he fails to heat up or earn at-bats in the games to come.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 1 week ago

Franklin is out of the lineup Friday.

The Rays have already said that Franklin will only be getting a few starts per week for the time being, and this is one of those days where he will begin the game on the bench. Tim Beckham gets the start at second and will hit eighth Friday.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 1 week ago

Franklin will serve as middle infield backup and receive around two starts a week based on matchups, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franklin is a switch-hitter, so the matchups plan is probably more to occasionally rest the right-handed Logan Forsythe and Asdrubal Cabrera against right-handed pitchers than it is to get Franklin optimal at-bats. Franklin's OPS against righties is .070 points higher than against lefties, so this should at least help his slash line. However, confirming the back-up role means he isn't of much fantasy use barring an injury.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 1 week ago

Franklin is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Braves, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

Franklin made his season debut Sunday as he went 2-for-5 with a double after returning from an oblique injury, but he'll be held out of the lineup as Logan Forsythe will get the start at second and the Rays lose the DH playing in Atlanta. Franklin figures to draw regular starts going forward, but they may elect to ease him back into the lineup at first.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 2 weeks ago

Franklin made a strong return from the DL, going 2-for-5 in an 11-3 win over the Twins on Sunday.

While Franklin got the start at second base Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting he will primarily serve as a backup to Logan Forsythe and Asdrubal Cabrera in the middle infield. If he doesn't get regular starts, Franklin's fantasy value in 2015 is negligible.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 2 weeks ago

Franklin is starting at second base and batting eighth in his first game back from the DL Sunday, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

It's definitely significant Franklin is starting at second base immediately, as the Rays could have stuck with Logan Forsythe there and pushed Franklin into a utility role. However, Forsythe is at DH for Sunday, so there's a chance they're giving him a day off from fielding and still view him as a bat (.296/.364/.488 in 2015) they want starting at second base. The Rays are extremely flexible with lineups, so check back in the next couple of days to see what direction they're going with at second base.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 2 weeks ago

Franklin (oblique) was activated from the disabled list Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franklin wasn't expected to join the Rays until Tuesday or Wednesday, but it appears a change of plans has occurred. He'll instead rejoin the roster Saturday, and should be available to play Sunday.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 2 weeks ago

Franklin (oblique) seems likely to return to the Rays during their series against Atlanta Tuesday or Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franklin's rehab seems to have gone smoothly in the last few weeks, hitting .286/.400/.333 with Triple-A Durham. A Tuesday return should be very reasonable and he will likely function as a bench bat in the middle infield when he comes back.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 3 weeks ago

Franklin (oblique) had a day off in his rehab assignment Thursday and is expected return Friday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Frankin is naturally going to take some days off while rehabbing an injury as nagging as obliques, missing one game shouldn't be seen as a setback.