Stuck in last place and mired by a seven-game losing streak, the Tampa Bay Rays got more bad news Tuesday. They'll be without reigning AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers for at least two months because of a stress fracture in his wrist.
The good news is that Myers doesn't need surgery, the bad news is the team now loses one of its top hitters for two months, and it's already in the bottom third of the league in hits, homers and batting average.
Myers, 23, collided with teammate Desmond Jennings in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday night as they were both chased a fly ball that ended up being the game-winner for the Boston Red Sox. After a visit to a hand specialist, Myers will now need to wear a cast for 5-6 weeks. He'll then rehab and hopefully be back in the Rays' lineup in August. The Rays have to hope their fortunes are better by then.
Myers hasn't exactly been killin' it for the Rays — he's only hitting .227 with five homers and 25 RBIs — but the prospect of Myers being in the lineup and finding his groove has to be preferable to not having him altogether. In his place, the Rays plan to use Kevin Kiermaier and Matt Joyce in right field, plus Ben Zobrist occasionally.
"I felt like personally, he was starting to come into his own, really working hard on his defense and just becoming more of a man and growing up as a player," Longoria said. "It's tough to see him have to take a step backwards. I think my goal will be to just try and keep him positive, working hard on the things that he can do.
"At least it's not a season-ending thing for him. He's going to be able to come back at some point. And the hope is we're still in the mix and we can get ourselves in a position to when he does come back, he's able to step in and try and help us get to where we want to be at the end."
To get back where they want to be, the Rays have their work cut out for them. They're 23-35, worse than even the Houston Astros. SO this qualifies as ouch on top of ouch.
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