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Tampa Bay Rays’ Wander Franco (hamstring) exits after extending streak

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

Tampa Bay Rays rookie shortstop Wander Franco departed Friday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning due to right hamstring tightness.

Franco sustained the injury while running from first to third on Nelson Cruz’s double. He was replaced on the bases by Joey Wendle, who remained in the game to play shortstop.

The 20-year-old Franco singled with one out in the first to stretch his streak of reaching base to 39 straight games. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson (43 games) holds the major league record for longest on-base streak by a player age 20 or younger.

Franco recently passed the American League record of 36 held by another Hall of Famer, Mickey Mantle.

Franco is batting .285 with seven homers and 36 RBIs in 62 games since being recalled in June. He made his major league debut on June 22.

–Field Level Media