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Maikel Franco | Third Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/26/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Maikel Franco (wrist) will take batting practice on Wednesday.
The feeling at the time when Franco was placed on the disabled list with a fractured left wrist was that there was a good chance his season would be over. However, it's now looking very likely that he'll be back at some point in September. "Once he does that -- getting a few at-bats and taking some batting practice -- I might run him right in there if he's 100 percent," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. Aug 31 - 8:12 PM

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Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said there is a "good chance" Maikel Franco (wrist) returns before the end of the season.

Just Tuesday Mackanin expressed optimism that Franco will be back sometime this year, but now he's moved on to handicapping the likelihood. Franco has been out since August 11 with a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist. Even if he does return, the probability is in question enough that it probably won't be for any meaningful length of time. He should be fine for the start of the 2016 season, though.
Aug 26 - 6:18 PM

Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin is optimistic that Maikel Franco (wrist) will be able to play again this season.

Franco has been sidelined since August 11 with a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist. He's currently wearing a brace on the wrist, but Mackanin said last week that the break is not as bad as originally thought. "I’m optimistic that he might be able to come back," said Mackanin. "I’m not sure the medical people are going to allow us to use him unless he’s 100 percent. If he’s 100 percent, I’d like his bat back in the lineup and I’d like his glove back in the lineup." The Phillies have nothing to play for right now, so there's no reason to rush him back into action. While the door hasn't been officially closed on his season, fantasy owners shouldn't count on him.
Aug 25 - 10:51 AM

Phillies placed 3B Maikel Franco on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 12, with a non-displaced fracture on his left wrist.

Franco's injury turned out to be worse than originally expected, and it's possible his season could be over. He'll wear a brace for 2-3 weeks before being re-evaluated. The 22-year-old has enjoyed an excellent rookie season, putting up a .277/.340/.490 batting line to go along with 13 home runs and 48 RBI.
Aug 18 - 3:47 PM

Maikel Franco (wrist) is likely to be placed on the disabled list.

Franco suffered a bruised left wrist after he was hit by a pitch last Tuesday and the issue is apparently worse than originally expected. Cesar Hernandez now figures to be a regular again, though Jim Salisbury of writes that prospect Aaron Altherr could be called up from Triple-A to take Franco's spot on the roster.
Aug 18 - 3:40 PM

Maikel Franco (wrist) remains out of the Phillies' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

Franco hasn't played since last Tuesday due to a bruised wrist. There was some hope that he would be ready to return for the start of the series against the Blue Jays, but he apparently needs at least one more day. Cesar Hernandez will continue to fill in at third base.
Aug 18 - 3:12 PM

Maikel Franco (wrist) isn't expected to return until Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Franco suffered a bruised wrist earlier this week when he was plunked by a pitch. The 22-year-old has enjoyed a respectable rookie season, hitting .277 with 13 homers and 48 RBI. Cesar Hernandez has filled in at third base the past couple games with Franco sidelined.
Aug 15 - 5:08 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin expects Maikel Franco (wrist) to return to action this weekend.

But it probably won't be Friday. "From what I understand, he's going to try to hit on Friday and see how it feels," said Mackanin. "So I would doubt that he's ready, but we'll have to wait and see." The young third baseman was struck on his left wrist by a pitch on Tuesday night. X-rays turned up negative, but Franco has a bad bruise.
Aug 13 - 9:20 AM

Maikel Franco (wrist) is not in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday.

Franco left Tuesday's game after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch. X-rays came back negative and he said Wednesday that he's feeling much better. However, he's sporting a splint and could need a few days to recover. Andres Blanco is filling in at the hot corner.
Aug 12 - 12:55 PM

X-rays on Maikel Franco's left wrist came back negative.

The Phillies and fantasy owners were probably fearing the worst after Franco went down in a heap after being plunked by a pitch Tuesday, but it appears he's avoided a serious injury. Franco has a bruise and is day-to-day.
Aug 11 - 10:23 PM

Maikel Franco exited Tuesday's game versus the Diamondbacks after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch.

It didn't look good, as Franco immediately fell to the ground in a ton of pain. He'll be sent for X-rays, at which point more will be known about his status.
Aug 11 - 9:49 PM

Maikel Franco hit a tape-measure solo home run in a 2-for-4 effort as the Phillies were pounded in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

The sixth-inning blast was measured at 445 feet, cutting the Phillies' deficit to 5-3 at the time. He had been held hitless in his previous three games. Franco has put together a solid showing in 2015, batting .277/.338/.490 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 325 plate appearances.
Aug 11 - 12:48 AM

Maikel Franco hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, helping the Phillies fend off the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Franco, who finished 1-for-4, made the Dodgers pay for some erratic pitching in the seventh when he ripped a Joel Peralta pitch into the stands in left field for a tie-breaking grand slam, putting the Phillies up 5-1. Franco is on a six-game hitting streak, batting .282/.339/.491 overall with 12 home runs and 44 RBI. If he can keep it up, he'll be in the conversation for the NL Rookie of the Year Award at the end of the season.
Aug 4 - 11:06 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a two-run home run in Sunday's 11-5 win over the Cubs.

Franco's been dealing with a bit of a sore right elbow of late, but he looked no worse for the wear on Sunday. The young third baseman cranked a two-run homer off Cubs starter Jason Hammel in the first inning, then added an RBI double in the sixth to finish with three RBI on the day. The homer was his 11th of the season and he's currently slashing a rock-solid .285/.343/.496 over 246 at-bats. While we could see many of his teammates changing uniforms by the trade deadline, Franco can safely keep his dry cleaner's card, as it would be a surprise if the Phillies shipped off one of their most promising prospects.
Jul 26 - 5:37 PM

Maikel Franco (elbow) is back in the Phillies' lineup on Friday.

Franco has been limited to just one pinch-hitting appearance since being lifted from Monday's game with a sore right elbow, but he's ready to go now. The youngster has struggled a bit of late with a .220/.313/.254 batting line over his last 16 games.
Jul 24 - 11:56 AM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Andres Blanco
3Darnell Sweeney
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Cody Asche
2Aaron Altherr
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Domonic Brown
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
S1Aaron Harang
2Aaron Nola
3Matt Harrison
4Adam Morgan
5Jerad Eickhoff
6Alec Asher
7Cliff Lee
8Chad Billingsley
9Jonathan Pettibone
Relief Pitcher
R1Ken Giles
2Justin De Fratus
3Luis Garcia
4Jeanmar Gomez
5Mario Hollands
6Elvis Araujo
7Hector Neris
8Adam Loewen
9Jerome Williams