Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Wil Myers on DL with wrist sprain

BOSTON — RF Wil Myers' rough start to his second big-league season hit another snag Sunday when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain.

Though manager Joe Maddon doesn't believe it'll be a prolonged absence, he won't know for sure until Myers is examined today by Dr. Koco Eaton. Myers had X-rays Saturday in Boston, flew back to St. Petersburg on Sunday morning and was unavailable for comment.

Myers suffered the injury Friday after colliding with CF Desmond Jennings on A.J Pierzynski's walkoff triple in the 10th inning.

Maddon said the time away might help Myers, who is hitting .227 with five homers and 25 RBIs to follow his American League rookie of the year season. OF Jerry Sands was called up from Triple-A Durham to replace Myers and batted cleanup Sunday.

"It's been a tough beginning for him this year, maybe a little bit of a break right now keeps him frisky for the end of the year," Maddon said. "Get this thing healing properly, get it feeling well, maybe a couple rehab at-bats to get him going in the right direction and bring him on back. For us to really to be successful this year he's got to be in the middle of our lineup somewhere like he had been last year."

Myers was the third Ray to go on the DL in a week, joining OF Brandon Guyer (fractured left thumb) and C Ryan Hanigan (right hamstring). To make room for Sands on the 40-man roster, INF Tim Beckham was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

STEPPING IN: Sands arrived at Fenway around noon and went 0-for-4 as the DH striking out in his first three at-bats against LHP Jon Lester.

"It's been a day," Sands said. "Obviously like to have a better result, but probably not going to be my last three-strikeout game ever."

Sands, 26, claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh in December, played his first big-league game since Aug. 6, 2012, with the Dodgers. Maddon said he made a good impression in spring training, and he led the Bulls with 36 RBIs in 54 games.

MISCELLANY: SS Yunel Escobar was a late scratch after testing his tight left quad before the game but pinch-hit in the seventh. … C Ali Solis will start tonight. … Before tonight's game, the Rays wives will play the Marlins wives in a charity softball game.

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