Nick Franklin
LF TB
2 months ago

Franklin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

The versatile Franklin has kept himself in the lineup for much of the final month of the season because of his ability to play multiple positions, but he'll hit the bench in Game 162 after falling into a 3-for-20 slump at the plate dating back to Sept. 15.

Nick Franklin
LF TB
2 months ago

Franklin (hamstring) is starting at DH and hitting sixth Wednesday against the White Sox, MLB.com's Bill Chastain reports.

EDGE Analysis

Franklin wanted to make it back before the end of the season, and he will get his wish Wednesday. The fact that he is at DH and not in the field speaks to the fact that he's probably not at 100 percent health, but Franklin has hit well enough this season (.280/.341/.463) to justify a start at DH, especially relative to his teammates. He has started at six positions this year, with left field representing the only position he has logged double-digit starts (17).

Nick Franklin
LF TB
2 months ago

Franklin (hamstring) hopes to return before Sunday's game against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Franklin is dealing with a sore hamstring, but hopes that he'll be ready to play before the Rays' season finale Sunday. If Franklin is able to return, look for him to appear in the Tampa Bay outfield or at their DH spot.

Nick Franklin
LF TB
3 months ago

Franklin (hamstring) will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth Saturday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

As of Tuesday, Franklin was said to be eyeing a return during the final weekend of the regular season, but evidently he's progressed quicker than expected. Franklin has hit .295/.363/.508 against right-handed pitching this season, and was playing regularly between shortstop, second base, left field and first base before going down with the hamstring injury.

Nick Franklin
LF TB
3 months ago

Franklin (hamstring) hopes to return for the final weekend of the season, Roger Mooney of the Tamp Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

He has a moderate hamstring strain that could keep him out for the remainder of the season, but he's hoping to get back out for the final series in Texas to end on a healthy note. Franklin hit .280/.343/.465 with six home runs and six steals in 174 plate appearances this year, marking easily his most productive season to date at the plate. However, he grades out as a below-average defender, and started games at left field (17), first base (nine), second base (eight), right field (six), shortstop (four), and DH (two), so it's possible he may enter 2017 as nothing more than a part-time utility player.

Nick Franklin
LF TB
3 months ago

Franklin (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, Steve Carney of 620 WDAE reports.

EDGE Analysis

He underwent an MRI on Monday, the results of which have not yet been made public. This will be the fourth game in a row that Franklin will miss with the hamstring strain. Mikie Mahtook will start in right field and bat sixth Tuesday.

Nick Franklin
LF TB
3 months ago

Franklin (hamstring) is scheduled for an MRI on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The utility man has been sidelined since straining his hamstring last Thursday. The exam will likely give Franklin a realistic picture of whether he'll be able to return at some point before the conclusion of the regular season in less than two weeks. The 25-year-old has slashed a solid .280/.343/.465 for the Rays in 2016, while playing five different positions and also logging time at DH.

Nick Franklin
LF TB
3 months ago

Franklin (hamstring) said Friday that he hopes to return this season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The fact that Franklin said he "hopes" to return this year implies there's a chance he does not. Franklin suffered a strained hamstring during Thursday's game, which is the type of injury that might threaten to push him to the DL without expanded rosters. He said the hamstring was more sore than he expected Friday morning.

Nick Franklin
LF TB
3 months ago

Franklin (hamstring) is not in the lineup Friday against the Orioles, Bill Chastain of the Tampa Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Franklin left Thursday's tilt early with a hamstring strain, and it seems to still be bothering him. It's still unclear how severe the ailment is, so it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. For Friday night, Alexei Ramirez will man shortstop and bat eighth.

Nick Franklin
LF TB
3 months ago

Franklin left Thursday's game with a left hamstring strain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

It looked as though Franklin grabbed as his knee after going to the ground to complete a double play, but the Rays later clarified that it was a hamstring strain that forced him out. Depending on the severity of the strain, Franklin could be out or at least limited for a significant part of the final few weeks.