The Tampa Bay Rays are already a sinking ship. The last thing they needed was bad injury news about one of their most important players.
Wil Myers injured his wrist diving for the final play of a walk-off loss to the Boston Red Sox last Friday. The initial timetable had him missing anywhere from two weeks to six weeks. It turns out things are even worse than that.
Myers will miss a minimum of two months with a stress fracture in his right wrist. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:
The Rays got bad news on OF Wil Myers on Tuesday, as further examination showed he has a slight stress fracture in his right wrist and is likely to be out for at least months.
Myers, injured Friday, will be in a cast for five-six weeks, then undergo an MRI to re-evaluate his condition and if cleared will start a rehab program at that point.
The American League Rookie of the Year in 2013, Myers has been struggling thus far in 2014 along with the rest of his teammates. In 53 games he is slashing .227/.313/.354 with just five home runs and 25 driven in. Even still, the 23-year-old outfielder is one of the top hitters on the roster, so this deals another huge blow to a Rays team that has lost seven straight games and holds the worst record in the American League.
Many analysts and writers projected the Rays to represent the American League in the World Series this season. Instead they are left trying to salvage their season at all, something they will now have to do without Myers.