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Tampa Bay Rays activate Wander Franco from IL

Sep 10, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (5) is taken out of the game during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (5) is taken out of the game during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays activated rising star shortstop Wander Franco off the 10-day injured list on Friday.

The 20-year-old Franco went on the list due to a hamstring injury he sustained on Sept. 10 while running the bases against the Detroit Tigers.

Shortstop Taylor Walls was optioned to Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move.

Franco has reached base in 39 consecutive games, the second-longest in major league by a player under 21 years of age. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson holds the mark of 43.

The rookie switch-hitter is batting .285 in 62 games and has seven home runs and 36 RBIs since making his debut on June 22.

Walls is batting .211 with one homer and 15 RBIs in 54 games.

The Rays have clinched an American League playoff spot and are close to wrapping up the AL East. They lead the Boston Red Sox by six games with nine contests remaining.

–Field Level Media