The wrist injury that forced Wil Myers to the disabled list just a few days ago appears to be far worse than the Tampa Bay Rays initially believed. Myers has reportedly suffered a stress fracture in the wrist, rather than just a sprain, and he is expected to miss at least two full months with the injury. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times notes that Myers will be placed in a cast and will not be able to begin rehabbing the injury for at least 5-6 weeks. The timetable ensures that he will not return to the Rays lineup until after the July trade deadline.
Bad news on #Rays Myers – out at least 2 months. Has slight stress fracture, in cast 5-6 weeks, then starts rehab
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) June 3, 2014
Myers suffered the injury in an outfield collision in the 10th inning of last Friday’s game at the Boston Red Sox. He and center fielder were both chasing down a fly ball from A.J. Pierzynski when they collided, letting the ball drop in and Boston to take the walk-off victory. Both Myers and Jennings were slow to get up on the play, but only Myers appears to be left with any long term affects.
The 23 year old has been having a dismal season at the plate for Tampa Bay, batting just .227/.313/.354 with five home runs in 224 plate appearances.
With Myers out of the lineup for the foreseeable future and the Rays continuing to struggle at the bottom of the AL East, speculation has already begin surrounding what the team may do as the trade deadline approaches. The Rays have a number of veteran pieces who could interest other clubs who are closer to playoff contention, though some they will certainly be more willing to move than others. Matt Joyce and David DeJesus are two that are bound to draw some interest from opposing teams. The same can be said for longtime Rays fixtures David Price and Ben Zobrist, should the team elect to make them available.