Rays will not allow Wander Franco to return to the Dominican Republic to play | The State

The Dominican shortstop Wander Franco, considered the main prospect of Major League Baseball, will not be able to return to the league of his country by decision of his team, the Tampa Bay Rays, to protect him from injury.

The player was in dispute in the winter league of the Dominican Republic with the Leones del Escogido, but the Rays decided not to give it up anymore, according to a statement from the Dominican club.

The 19-year-old suffers from discomfort in his right shoulder and an inflammation in the biceps of the same arm, but does not show structural damage, according to medical tests he underwent in Florida.

The Rays preferred that he not play anymore to ensure that this discomfort is not a long-term problem and so that it arrives in good condition to the pre-season training in spring.

Franco played 5 games with the Escogido and hit .350 (20-7), with 6 runs, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base and also posted a .435 on-base percentage.

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