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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
Contract: view contract details

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Nick Franklin (hamstring) popped out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday versus the Yankees.
Franklin had been inactive for six straight days because of a moderate left hamstring strain. He probably isn't going to make many starts over the Rays' final 11 regular-season games. Sep 22 - 9:06 AM

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Nick Franklin was diagnosed with a moderate strain of his left hamstring following an MRI.

Franklin suffered the injury last Thursday. At this point, it's going to be tough for him to make it back this season. Steven Souza (hip) is also sidelined right now, so Mikie Mahtook figures to see regular playing time in right field over the final two weeks.
Sep 20 - 3:41 PM

Nick Franklin is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left hamstring strain Monday.

Franklin hasn't played since straining the hamstring last Thursday and he isn't making much progress on the side. Any injury is a potential season-ender at this point, but the MRI results should tell the whole story. Franklin, 25, has registered an impressive .280/.343/.465 batting line in 53 games this summer for Tampa Bay. He missed time with a concussion in August.
Sep 19 - 9:07 AM

Nick Franklin was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Orioles with a left hamstring strain.

The injury doesn't sound too serious and Franklin should be ready to return to the Rays lineup at some point over the weekend. Richie Shaffer replaced him at first base on Thursday and could draw a start on Friday if Franklin isn't ready to go.
Sep 15 - 9:18 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Luke Maile
2Bobby Wilson
3Curt Casali
1B1Brad Miller
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Matt Duffy
2Alexei Ramirez
3B1Evan Longoria
2Richie Shaffer
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Nick Franklin
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
DH1Logan Morrison
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Blake Snell
5Matt Andriese
6Alex Cobb
7Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Kevin Jepsen
7Danny Farquhar
8Ryan Garton
9Eddie Gamboa
10Steve Geltz