Rays' Franco suffers setback in hand rehab stint

by Daryn Albert - Rays shortstop Wander Franco has been removed from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham after suffering a setback with his ailing hand.

Tampa Bay Rays SS Wander Franco removed from rehab assignment following setback 2:37 PM ET Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco has had a setback and was removed from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Sunday because of ongoing hand soreness. Franco, who went on the injured list July 10 with a right hamate bone injury that required surgery, hasn't played since leaving his first rehab game Tuesday with the soreness. The 21-year-old Franco will return to St. Petersburg, Florida, for additional treatment. No timeframe was announced for when Franco might be able to resume playing. Editor's Picks Franco on Aug. 14 took on-field batting practice for the first time since his surgery. After the session, the switch-hitter said he felt great except when taking right-handed swings. He also missed 23 games earlier this season with a strained right quadriceps. He has a .260 average with five homers and 23 RBIs over 58 games in 2022. Franco signed a $182 million, 11-year contract in November that includes a club option for 2033. The deal could be worth up to $223 million with incentives if the club option is exercised. He hit .288 with 18 doubles, 5 triples, 7 homers and 39 RBIs in 70 games last season and finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. Franco put together a 43-game on-base streak in 2021 to tie Cincinnati's Frank Robinson (1956) for the longest in major league history among players under 21.