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Rays' Wil Myers out two months with slight stress fracture in wrist

MIAMI — The Rays' latest bad break turned out to be in Wil Myers' right wrist.

The second-year rightfielder is likely to miss at least two months after further examination revealed what the team called a slight stress fracture in the wrist he injured Friday. He will be in a cast for five-six weeks then — if an MRI exam is clear — begin a rehab program on what can be a tricky injury for hitters.

Though Myers, the 2013 American League rookie of the year, was hitting only .227, his five homers and 25 RBIs were second most on the team, and his absence will be noted in a lineup struggling mightily offensively anyway.

"Obviously it (stinks), for lack of a better term," third baseman Evan Longoria said. "I know that he's had his struggles this year, but he's still a guy that you want in the lineup every day. At some point he was going to come out of it. And he's an impact player. He's a guy that you want in there to at least have an opportunity to make an impact. So it's a big blow for us."

The Rays plan, at least initially, to use rookie Kevin Kiermaier and veteran Ben Zobrist (whose previously dislocated left thumb is still sore) in rightfield on something of a platoon basis, with Matt Joyce also getting some time.

Manager Joe Maddon said the Rays will miss Myers' presence in the lineup, as having him there led opponents to pitch other hitters differently, as well as his baserunning and improved defense.

"There was a lot of different ways he could impact a game," Maddon said. "Hopefully we get him back for the playoff run and everything will be fine by that time."

Myers planned to wait until the team was back at the Trop today to comment publicly.

Rays' Wil Myers out two months with slight stress fracture in wrist 06/03/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:51pm]
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