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Rookie of the Year winner Wil Myers out two months with wrist injury

Jun 3, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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Yesterday the Rays placed outfielder Wil Myers on the disabled list with a sprained wrist and today they announced that he’ll miss at least two months after a further examination revealed a stress fracture.

According to the team he’ll be completely shut down and wearing a cast for 5-6 weeks, at which point the plan would be for the reigning Rookie of the Year winner to begin the rehab process. Myers suffered the injury from an outfield collision with teammate Desmond Jennings.

Tampa Bay acquired Myers from Kansas City last offseason as the centerpiece of the deal for James Shields and he hit .293 with 13 homers and an .831 OPS in 88 games last season on the way to the Rookie of the Year award, but this year he was off to a slow start hitting .227 with five homers and a .666 OPS in 53 games.

Myers’ injury further adds to the Rays’ rough first half, which has seen them post the American League’s worst record at 23-35 following a 92-win season in 2013 and six consecutive years above .500.

  1. dondada10 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    The Rays might as well move Price. The more starts a team gets from him the more valuable he is.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      I hate to agree, but it’s over for the Rays. Too many injuries.

      I’m guessing they know this already.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      It’s hard for a team to get hot if they can’t get healthy, so they may well be sellers as the trade deadline approaches. I still won’t be surprised if they end up hanging onto Price, however.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        The best thing that could happen to them, probably, is to trade Loney and use the money elsewhere next year.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        They JUST signed Loney though…

      • raysfan1 - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        He’s signed through 2016 and relatively inexpensive. Plus there aren’t a lot of 1B options out there that would be in the Rays’ price range.

  2. hittfamily - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    I’m as big of a Rays homer as there is, but this season’s done, even before this news. Our stars are in a collective slump, and our pitching is hurt.

    I think Price, Joyce, and Zobrist will both be moved for sure, and probably even Desmond Jennings. Zobrist has 1 more option year before he becomes a free agent. Fan’s won’t like it, but their front office has never done anything because the fans wanted it. If it will help the club in the future, they’ll do it. If they can get a top 100 prospect, they’ll do it, and let Hak Ju Lee be next year’s 2nd baseman.

    Jennings is excellent, but Kiermaier looks like a defensive stud. Maddon is constantly praising him. The Dodgers need a CF, and if they can find a way to move one of Kemp, Eithier, or Crawford, then Desmond would make a welcome addition. With Joc Pederson and a solid pitching prospect, they’d have a solid CFer for 3 more years without giving up anyone who will help them in the near future.

    Joyce makes sense for the Royals, who are rumored to be in on Kendrys Morales. Joyce could either play DH or OF, which is more than Morales could do.

    Loney to the A’s could even be an option. 2 consecutive good years for Loney and a cheap deal (3 years, 21 mil). The A’s need a 1st base upgrade, and Loney fits their mold, as a good defender with excellent on base skills.

    I guess this is the long way of me saying, Price will go, and when he goes, it will be a fire sale. Their farm system sucks thanks to atrociuos drafts over the last half decade, and this, coupled with a top 5 pick next year, would be a great way to improve, while still expecting t compete next year.

  3. scoochpooch - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Convenient injury for Myers because this was going to be a disastrous season for him.
    He might as well sit out the rest of the season because its pointless to comeback in 2014.

    • hittfamily - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      I would say it’s a pretty inconvenient injury.

      He started AAA last year poorly too. He’s first here, dated exactly 1 year ago from his injury.

      http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/prospect-hot-sheet-may-31-wil-myers-heats-up/

      He started poorly last year, struggling with strikeouts and no power. Then it suddenly clicked, and he hit homers in 6 games.

      It sounds like his year last year, is pretty much his exact same year as this year. Last year he finished with 27 homeruns between 2 different levels, after hitting only 4 in most of his first 2 months in AAA Durham.

  4. drewzducks - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Maybe they should consifer DH-ing him at Fenway.

  5. coryfor3 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Mark Teixeira assures him everything will be fine once it heals.

  6. mazblast - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    In real baseball terms, is there a more worthless award in the majors than Rookie of the Year? It seems as if 2/3 of them never have another year worth a darn, but hang on for years based on that one award.

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