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Nick Franklin | Outfielder | #2

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (27) / SEA
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Rays activated INF/OF Nick Franklin from the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Franklin played in a rehab game on Friday to show that his concussion symptoms were behind him. He'll draw some starts in left field over the final month. Aug 28 - 8:12 AM

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Nick Franklin (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Friday.

Franklin expects to join the Rays in Houston later this weekend so it looks like he'll only need a game or two in the minors to get back up to speed. He suffered a concussion last week after getting hit by Kevin Kiermaier's backswing in the on-deck circle. Franklin has hit .292 with six steals in 34 appearances for Tampa Bay this year.
Aug 25 - 8:29 PM

Rays placed INF/OF Nick Franklin on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Franklin suffered a head injury on Wednesday when he was hit by the backswing from Kevin Kiermaier while standing in the on-deck circle. While he passed all of his concussion tests and was cleared to play on Friday, something clearly wasn't right when he entered as a defensive replacement, lasting only two innings before leaving the game himself. At this point, there's no clear timetable for his potential return.
Aug 19 - 10:36 PM

Nick Franklin (head) was removed from Friday's game against the Rangers.

Franklin, who passed concussion tests and was available off of the bench, entered the game when Kevin Kiermaier was lifted with a hip injury. He was replaced himself just two innings later though, and no reason has been given for the departure. There's a good chance that the issue could be related to the head injury he sustained on Wednesday when he was struck inadvertently by a teammate's backswing.
Aug 19 - 8:46 PM

Nick Franklin passed concussion tests again Friday and is available off the bench.

Franklin was pulled from Wednesday's game with a head injury, but he'll be fine. He's batting .295/.368/.516 with four homers in 33 games with the Rays this season.
Aug 19 - 4:21 PM

Nick Franklin was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Padres with an apparent head injury.

He was struck in the helmet by the backswing of Kevin Kiermaier while waiting in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the first inning. Franklin drew a walk and scored the game's first run, but Tim Beckham took over at second base in the top of the second. Franklin is probably going to be put through MLB's concussion protocol.
Aug 17 - 1:39 PM

Nick Franklin went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored Tuesday against the Padres.

Franklin hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, one of five homers the Rays hit on the evening, and he also had an RBI single in the third inning. Franklin has enjoyed a few big games since being recalled on July 29, batting .288 with three homers and 10 RBI this month. The 25-year-old has also stolen a pair of bases in August, giving him six steals and four homers to go with a .295/.362/.516 line overall.
Aug 16 - 11:40 PM

Nick Franklin went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

Franklin's third-inning home run off Kyle Gibson was just his second of the season. In 77 at-bats with the big league club, the 25-year-old outfielder is hitting .286/.353/.442. He rocked 12 homers as a rookie in 2013, but has hit just six since then.
Aug 7 - 5:45 PM

Rays recalled INF/OF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Durham.

Franklin has batted .313 (15-for-48) with one home run, four doubles and 13 RBI over 19 games with the Rays this season. He'll provide infield and outfield depth.
Jul 29 - 3:32 PM

Rays optioned INF/OF Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham.

Steve Pearce is back from the disabled list and will take his place on the active roster. Franklin is batting .313 (15-for-48) with one home run, four doubles, and 13 RBI over 19 games with the Rays this season. He should get another chance soon.
Jul 19 - 8:30 AM

Nick Franklin went 3-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

Franklin had a two-run single in the fifth inning, giving him 11 RBI in 13 games this year. The utility player is hitting .300/.382/.467 with a homer and a steal in those 13 games, and he should begin commanding more regular playing time if he keeps hitting this way.
Jul 5 - 10:41 PM

Nick Franklin went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and five RBI in Monday's win over the Red Sox.

Franklin was making just his second start in a week since being recalled and he certainly made it count. He doubled in two runs in the first, singled in one in the third and then took Koji Uehara deep in the seventh. While he might have earned another start or two with this performance, Franklin probably isn't going to play regularly enough to produce stable fantasy value.
Jun 27 - 11:35 PM

Rays recalled INF/OF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Durham.

Franklin had a brief stint with the Rays earlier this month and he's back now that Mikie Mahtook is headed to the disabled list. The 25-year-old was batting .247/.316/.388 over 58 games in Triple-A this season. He's unlikely to provide fantasy value.
Jun 21 - 12:52 PM

Rays optioned INF/OF Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham.

With Logan Forsythe (shoulder) being activated from the disabled list, the Rays needed to make a little roster move. That little roster move turned out to be Franklin's return to Durham. Once a highly-regarded prospect, Franklin, 25, has just one major league at-bat to his name this season.
Jun 10 - 3:48 PM

Rays recalled INF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Durham.

Franklin has hit .258/.319/.418 for Durham this season. He's been a bust at the major league level and isn't guaranteed much playing time this time around even with Logan Forsythe (shoulder) still out.
Jun 5 - 11:23 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Luke Maile
2Bobby Wilson
1B1Logan Morrison
2Brad Miller
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Matt Duffy
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Nick Franklin
2Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Blake Snell
5Matt Andriese
6Alex Cobb
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Matt Andriese
7Kevin Jepsen
8Danny Farquhar
9Steve Geltz