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Nick Franklin | Second Baseman

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Nick Franklin (oblique) won't be ready to begin playing in minor league games this week.
Franklin hasn't suffered a significant physical setback, but the Rays have decided to slow his rehab schedule a bit. He still has a shot of joining Tampa Bay's active roster by the end of the month. The 24-year-old was supposed to open the 2015 regular season as the Rays' starting second baseman. Apr 16 - 9:19 AM

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Nick Franklin (oblique) is expected to play in extended spring training games soon.

It's not clear how many extended spring games he'll need before beginning a rehab assignment. Franklin should have a shot to be activated from the disabled list before the end of the month.
Apr 10 - 5:30 PM

Nick Franklin (oblique) took batting practice left-handed Tuesday without issue.

The switch-hitting middle infielder was placed on the disabled list before Opening day with a left oblique strain. Franklin is aiming to join the Rays' active roster around mid-April and he should be immediately installed as their starting second baseman. The 24-year-old carries some deep-league potential.
Apr 7 - 4:06 PM

Rays placed INF Nick Franklin on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Franklin was expected to open the 2015 season as the Rays' starting second baseman, but he strained his oblique on March 23 and will miss the first couple weeks. Logan Forsythe figures to benefit most in the early going, but he's not really a fantasy-relevant kind of player. Franklin should have some deep-league potential when he returns in mid-April.
Apr 5 - 3:41 PM

Nick Franklin (oblique) was able to handle straight-on grounders on Tuesday.

Franklin's left oblique is progressing well enough that he's able to take the field for some activity, but he's still bound for the DL. There's no concrete timetable for the infielder as of yet. Logan Forsythe is likely to start at second in Franklin's absence, with Alexi Casilla, Tim Beckham and Jake Elmore also options depending on the situation.
Mar 31 - 11:47 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash confirmed Tuesday that Nick Franklin (oblique) will not be ready for Opening Day.

Franklin suffered the injury during Monday's Grapefruit League game. Logan Forsythe is now likely to begin the season as the starting second baseman while Alexi Casilla, Tim Beckham, and Jake Elmore could also be in the mix for at-bats.
Mar 24 - 3:23 PM

Nick Franklin has been diagnosed with a left oblique strain.

Oblique strains usually take at least two weeks to heal and Opening Day is exactly two weeks away, so Franklin figures to begin the year on the disabled list. He'll be the Rays starting second baseman when he returns to good health and should have some NL-only fantasy value. Asdrubal Cabrera has been named the starting shortstop.
Mar 23 - 3:19 PM

Nick Franklin tweaked a muscle in his left side Monday.

That's all the Rays are saying for now; more details should come out after Monday's Grapefruit League game. If it's an oblique strain, Franklin would likely have to open the regular season with a 15-day disabled list stint. He's been trying to lock down Tampa Bay's starting second base gig.
Mar 23 - 12:43 PM

Nick Franklin made an error at shortstop for the second straight day on Wednesday, bringing his spring total to four.

Asdrubal Cabrera lacks range at shortstop, but he's pretty surehanded, something Franklin hasn't proven to be so far this spring. The Rays would have preferred Franklin come in and ran away with the starting job at short, allowing Cabrera to play second, but it's not happening.
Mar 18 - 4:50 PM

Starting at shortstop, Nick Franklin went 2-for-3 with two runs scored Sunday versus the Mets.

Franklin is 6-for-13 over his last four games after opening the spring 1-for-10. He hasn't impressed defensively at shortstop, but he's still probably a better option there than Asdrubal Cabrera. The Rays are probably going to make a decision on Cabrera's position in the coming days. If it's second, that's great news for Franklin. If it's short, then Franklin will face more competition for playing time as a second baseman.
Mar 15 - 5:35 PM

Nick Franklin went 0-for-2 and committed two errors at shortstop for the Rays on Tuesday.

Most have assumed Franklin will start at either second or shortstop for Tampa Bay, but it's not a given. He didn't hit at all in Triple-A after being acquired from the Mariners last summer, and it's not like he's ever been a defense-first player. Ideally, Franklin will win the job, but if he doesn't, the Rays could go with Logan Forsythe at second.
Mar 10 - 4:20 PM

Nick Franklin (hip) is batting leadoff in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.

Franklin sat out Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with a hip strain. It was obviously mild.
Mar 9 - 9:19 AM

Nick Franklin (hip) is expected to return to the Rays lineup on Monday.

He was removed from Saturday's contest due to a mild hip strain, but has reported significant improvement and made it through Sunday's workout without any issue. He's scheduled to hit leadoff and play shortstop on Monday against the Yankees.
Mar 8 - 9:50 PM

Nick Franklin was forced to leave Saturday's Grapefruit League contest with a mild hip strain.

He's expected to be fine in a day or two. Franklin has his sights set on earning the team's starting shortstop job this spring. He possesses tremendous upside and potential and will be a popular commodity on draft day if he's successful.
Mar 7 - 3:05 PM

Nick Franklin believes he will become the Rays' starting shortstop, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes.

The Rays can go one of several ways with their middle infield. One would involve using Asdrubal Cabrera at second base and Franklin at short, and another could reverse the positions. The Rays could also give some of Franklin's playing time to Tim Beckham (at shortstop) and/or Logan Forsythe (at second base). Franklin joined the club at the trade deadline last season in the three-way David Price trade. He has a career .647 OPS with 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 412 plate appearances. Those in deep mixed leagues and AL-only leagues will want to monitor how this situation plays out over the course of the spring.
Mar 3 - 8:38 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2Allan Dykstra
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Drew Smyly
5Nate Karns
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Colome
8Matt Andriese
9Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Grant Balfour
4Ernesto Frieri
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Steve Geltz
8Jose Dominguez
9C.J. Riefenhauser