MIAMI — Tampa Bay Rays RF Wil Myers will miss at least two months after it was discovered Tuesday he has a slight stress fracture in his right wrist.
Myers, who was examined by hand specialist Douglas Carlan, will wear a cast on his wrist for five to six weeks, then have another MRI. At that point, the Rays’ medical staff will decide on his rehab schedule.
“It’s unfortunate for Wil. It’s unfortunate for our team, but these things happen over the course of the season,” 2B Ben Zobrist said. “Nobody expected we would be completely healthy. I don’t think we expected this many injuries at this point. The show has to go on.”
The show went on Tuesday against the Marlins with Matt Joyce in right field. Manager Joe Maddon said Zobrist and Kevin Kiermaier will form a righty-lefty platoon in right field. Joyce will see some time in right as well.
Joyce said the Rays will miss having Myers’ bat in the lineup, even though he was hitting only .227 with five home runs (four against the Yankees) and 25 RBIs.
“You take a guy that has his kind of potential to drive in runs and impact the baseball, obviously that’s going to hurt your team a little bit,” Joyce said. “Obviously, he wasn’t having the kind of year he wanted to have. Just having his bat in the lineup, I don’t think he realized what kind of impact he had.”
In reply to Cobb
Maddon was asked Tuesday for his reaction to the comments made by RHP Alex Cobb after Monday’s loss. Cobb said the team needs to focus more on what it is doing wrong and said he hoped no one is accepting the losing.
Maddon said Cobb reacted emotionally to an emotional question after a tough loss.
“I’m not concerned with that. Everybody is frustrated. Nobody likes what’s going on right now,” Maddon said. “I personally think it’s going to turn. I do. Obviously it’s got to turn relatively soon. If this were happening in the middle of August or September, I’d have a different outlook on things.”
Kiermaier started in center field Tuesday because Maddon wanted to give CF Desmond Jennings a night off. ... LHP Jake McGee entered Tuesday’s game having retired the past 21 batters he faced. His streak of 15 scoreless appearances is the longest in the majors. ... C Jose Molina turned 39 on Tuesday.