Rays OF Wil Myers sidelined for more than 6 weeks with wrist fracture

June 04, 2014 - 10:49 am

The Rays have endured multiple bad breaks throughout the year, as the team currently sits with the worst record in the American League, mired in a seven-game losing streak. However, Tampa'€™s latest break figures to be the worst, as reigning American League Rookie of the Year Wil Myers suffered a stress fracture in his right wrist during Friday's game against the Red Sox, placing the outfielder out of commission for more than six weeks. Myers was injured after colliding with Desmond Jennings on the final play of a 3-2 extra-innings win for the Red Sox. "It's no fun," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "We're counting him a lot to provide power and RBIs and hit for a good average. There are a lot of different ways he can impact a game. Hopefully we'll get him back for the playoff run." The Rays stated on Tuesday that Myers will be in a cast for 5-6 weeks, after which time he can begin his rehabilitation back up to the majors. Maddon added that Myers'€™ vacant spot in the Tampa Bay outfield likely would be filled by Ben Zobrist and Kevin Kiermaier for the time being. Acquired from the Royals last offseason as the top chip in the deal that sent James Shields to Kansas City, Myers was an integral part of the Rays lineup last season, batting .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in 88 games for a team that won 93 games and finished second in the AL East. Myers has regressed this season, hitting .227 with five home runs and posting a .313 OBP at the time of his injury.