St. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Vander Franco suffered a setback and was ruled out of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Sunday because of lingering hand soreness.
Franco, who was placed on the injured list July 10 with a right fibula injury that required surgery, has not played since leaving his first rehab game Tuesday with soreness.
Franco, 21, will return to St. Petersburg, Fla., for more treatment.
A timeline for when Franco will be able to resume play has not been announced.
Franco practiced batting for the first time after the operation on August 14. After the session, he said he felt great except for the swinging of his right arm.
Franco also missed 23 games earlier this year with a strained right quadriceps muscle. He has a .260 average with five homers and 23 RBIs in 58 games in 2022.
In November, Franco signed an 11-year, $182 million contract that includes a club option through 2033. The deal could be worth up to $223 million, including incentives, if the club option is exercised.
Franco hit .288 with 18 doubles, five triples, seven homers and 39 RBIs in 70 games last year. He finished third in American League Rookie of the Year voting.
Franco compiled a 43-game hitting streak to tie Cincinnati’s Frank Robinson (1956) for the longest hitting streak in major league history among players under the age of 21.
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