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AL East Ratings: Franco, Orioles, Elias, Red Sox

Take a walk Franco left today’s game after his first appearance at the plate, because of what the Rays described as discomfort in the shortstop’s right hand and wrist. Franco has already been ruled out of Sunday’s game and is expected to see a doctor on Monday when the Rays return home from a road trip.

The situation doesn’t look promising because even though Franco avoided a serious injury, another trip to the injured list could be in store if the Rays are to be careful with the young star. The All-Star break could play a part in Tampa Bay’s decision, as Franco’s minimum 10-day absence could be partially absorbed by the league-wide break in the schedule. Franco has already missed four weeks with a quadratic strain and hasn’t been particularly productive in the weeks leading up to this latest IL placement as he tried to play despite the injury. Since returning from the disabled list, Franco has recorded a hit in 11 of 13 games, but with just a .634 OPS in 56 plate appearances. [UPDATE: Manager Kevin Cash told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times and other reporters that Franco seems to have suffered a hamate bone injury, which usually requires 4-6 weeks of recovery time.]

More from around the AL East…

  • Today’s victory over the Angels extended the Orioles‘ seven-game winning streak, and Baltimore now has a 42-44 record. After years of rebuilding, the O’s may seem a bit ahead of schedule as they find themselves on the periphery of the wild card hunt. However, general manager Mike Elias gave reporters (including MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko) no hint that the team planned to add rather than subtract from the trade deadline, simply saying that “everything I do or we do has trade-offs, and all I can say is that we do everything from a very holistic perspective, very thoughtful about what’s the right thing to do for the health of the Orioles franchise… I think we have a lot of good things in store for us in the next few years, and I’m very happy that this is reflected right now during this period of play so clearly for our fans.”
  • Elias also noted that the front office has focused more on the upcoming amateur draft than on trade opportunities, and that the Orioles are considering five players for the first pick in total.
  • At this point, the Red Sox plan to be”cautious buyersat the deadline, a source tells Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. The Sox hold the second AL wildcard spot 45-39, though a wildcard is probably the best they can do, given how the Yankees are running away with the division. However, Abraham notes that the Red Sox have an extremely difficult schedule for the rest of July, which could impact their status to the point that the Sox may even consider selling if they fall behind in the playoff race. .

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