Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Kiermaier, Franklin play briefly then depart against Rangers

ST. PETERSBURG — The injuries are piling up again for the Rays, with UTL Nick Franklin the latest to head toward the disabled list.

2B Logan Forsythe (back spasms) missed his third game and CF Kevin Kiermaier left Friday's 6-2 loss after two innings because of left hip tightness.

Franklin, who entered Friday's game in the third inning after Kiermaier was removed, left after the fifth inning because of dizziness. He will be placed on the seven-day concussion DL. The Rays will make a corresponding move today.

Franklin was struck on the head during the first inning Wednesday when Kiermaier swung a bat on the on-deck circle. He left that game after one inning, but passed a concussion test and felt fine Friday.

That was until he ran out a fly ball in the fourth inning.

"I had cotton mouth when I went out to left (field)," Franklin said. "I felt like I could pass out there. It was a really weird feeling. Hopefully it goes away and I'm back to normal."

Manager Kevin Cash said Kiermaier's hip was sore before the game. He's day to day.

Forsythe said his back didn't feel as well as he expected after fielding ground balls on the turf in front of the Rays dugout and taking some light swings.

"In a controlled environment it felt OK," Forsythe said, "But getting out there moving around it could lock up again."

Forsythe's back locked up before Tuesday's win when he reached to pick a towel off the floor. He expected to be examined Friday by a team doctor and chiropractor. He said he doesn't think the issue will result in a stint on the disabled list.

"I don't think so," Forsythe said. "My vibe from them is it's a day-to-day thing."

Meanwhile, SS Matt Duffy was in the lineup after leaving Tuesday's win with soreness in his left Achilles. It was the same tendon Duffy strained while playing at the Trop in June while with the Giants. The injury had him on the disabled list at the time of his trade to the Rays.

Duffy, who was playing in his fifth straight game since being activated from the disabled list, said the team will monitor his ankle for the rest of the season.

How? He wasn't sure.

"I guess we're all kind of learning and understanding what it can take and what it can't and what kind of workload is going to need a break after," Duffy said.

ARCIA DFA'D: OF Oswaldo Arcia was reinstated from the disabled list Friday then designated for assignment.

Claimed off waivers by the Rays on June 24, he spent 20 days on the disabled list with right elbow strain. Arcia was out of options, and there was no room for him on the 25-man roster. Cash said the organization would like to sign him to a minor-league contract if he clears waivers. If that were to happen, Cash said Arcia could rejoin the team in September after the rosters expand.

NOTEWORTHY: Friday began a 36-game stretch where the Rays play teams currently over .500. … RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to start Monday for Durham … RHP Chris Archer, along with the Rays and Good Sports, will present more than $10,000 worth of equipment, footwear and apparel today to the Pinellas County Sheriff's PAL.

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