Tampa Bay Rays place Wander Franco (hamstring) on IL

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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 placed shortstop Wander Franco on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring strain Saturday and recalled shortstop Taylor Walls from Triple-A Durham.

Franco, 20, was injured in the first inning of Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers and immediately was removed. He extended his on-base streak to 39 games with a single, then felt discomfort in his leg after going from first to third on a Nelson Cruz double.

Franco is on the second-longest on-base streak in major league history by a player under 21. Frank Robinson holds the record at 43 games, which was established in 1956.

“He’s extremely frustrated because he knows what he means to this team, and he wants to be out there,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday.

Franco, who is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday, is batting .285 in 62 games of his rookie season and has seven home runs with 36 RBIs since making his debut on June 22. He has helped the Rays to an American League-best 88-53 record this season.

Walls, 25, played in 44 games for the Rays earlier this season, batting .203 with one home run and 13 RBIs. He had a short stay with the Rays earlier this month. At Durham this season, he was batting .255 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs.

Also on Saturday, the Rays reinstated outfielder Randy Arozarena from the paternity list and optioned outfielder Josh Lowe to Durham.

The IL move for Franco comes one day after left-hander Shane McClanahan (back) was placed on the IL while right-hander Louis Head was recalled. McClanahan’s injury is considered minor.

–Field Level Media