Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 1 week ago

Franklin (oblique) hopes to return next week, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franklin has been sidelined since the beginning of the season due to the oblique issue, but finally appears to be nearing a return. More clarity on a potential return date should become available as it draws closer.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 2 weeks ago

Franklin (oblique) could head out for some extended spring training games soon, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Although he didn't say so explicitly, manager Kevin Cash effectively ruled out a return for Franklin on Saturday when first eligible. Franklin took batting practice left-handed earlier in the week without any issues, and Cash reiterated that his recovery from a strained oblique is going well, but it sounds like the team wants to see him in a controlled environment first.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 3 weeks ago

Franklin (oblique) took batting practice left-handed without any issues Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franklin will be eligible to return from the disabled list Saturday, and it seems he's on track to do just that. He's expected to get most of the playing time at second base, but Logan Forsythe figures to steal some at-bats.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 3 weeks ago

Franklin (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franklin will be eligible to return within the first few days of the season, and while that may be pushing it just a bit, he could be ready within the first week or two. For now, Logan Forsythe figures to get most of the playing time at second base.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 4 weeks ago

Franklin (oblique) took some ground balls Tuesday, but he is still expected to open his season on the disabled list, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Logan Forsythe is in line to get most of the playing time at second base at the beginning of the season, but Franklin could still be ready within a week or two of Opening Day. Franklin only took straight-on ground balls Tuesday morning, indicating that his mobility is still quite limited.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 1 month ago

Franklin (oblique) is expected to miss the start of the regular season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franklin originally strained his left oblique during batting practice this past Monday. Now, Manager Kevin Cash has said that the team's expected starter at second base will definitely not be ready to start the season. As a result of this development, Logan Forsythe should see plenty of at-bats in the early going of 2015.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 1 month ago

Franklin has a strained left oblique, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franklin was scratched from Monday's game after tweaking his left side, an issue that's now been determined to be a strained oblique. There's no exact timetable yet, but it seems possible that the setback could cost the 24-year-old's availability for Opening Day. Franklin was set to start the year in a platoon at second base, so Logan Forsythe could take over the full time starting duties if he's forced to miss regular season action.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 1 month ago

Franklin was scratched from Monday's game after tweaking his left side, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

More information about Franklin's injury may be available after Monday's exhibition, but he should be considered day-to-day for now. James Loney replaced him in the lineup at DH. This news comes hours after the Rays announced that Franklin will start the year in a platoon with Logan Forsythe at second base. Franklin will presumably occupy the strong side of the platoon if he's healthy, and is worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 1 month ago

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Franklin and Logan Forsythe will be in tandem at second base to begin the year, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Presumably, Franklin will get the starts against right-handed pitching, while Forsythe will be used against lefties. The Rays are expected to choose one of Tim Beckham, Jake Elmore and Alexei Casilla to serve as the team's sixth infielder.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 2 months ago

Franklin (hip) went through a full workout on Sunday morning, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franklin left Saturday's spring training game with a left hip strain, so this is definitely an encouraging sign. The young middle infielder will likely be back in the Rays' lineup at some point over the next few days.