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Franco Heads To IL, Arozarena Returns Saturday

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays were expecting to place shortstop Wander Franco on the injured list after losing him in the first inning Friday to a strained right hamstring, and the team followed through on the move Saturday, placing the 20-year-old on the shelf for the next 10 days.

The Rays also reinstated outfielder Randy Arozarena from the paternity list, as the outfielder missed the last three games for the Rays as he and wife Celina welcomed a baby girl.

To make room on the active roster for Arozarena, the Rays optioned outfielder Josh Lowe to Triple-A Durham, while shortstop Taylor Walls was recalled from Durham to take Franco’s spot.

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Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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