Wil Myers Injury: Updates on Rays RF's Leg, Likely Return Date
Wil Myers has left Game 3 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox with an injury.
With Myers out of the lineup, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon was forced to lose his designated hitter and make relief pitcher Jake McGee bat cleanup, via CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam.
Myers out of the game with an injury. Joyce moves from DH to RF, so Rays lose use of DH. McGee, in to pitch, now batting cleanup.— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) October 8, 2013
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Myers was suffering from a leg cramp and getting an IV in the clubhouse.
Wil Myers was removed because of cramping in his right leg. Is getting an IV.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 8, 2013
He has since returned to the lineup.
Hardball Talk's D.J. Short speculated that the injury could have occurred after an awkward swing in the bottom of the seventh inning.
After the game Rays manager Joe Maddon talked about the injury via Joe Smith of TampaBay.com:
#Rays Maddon said Wil Myers should be fine for tomm. Just cramping. Dehydration.— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) October 8, 2013
Despite having a very good regular season, Myers has struggled mightily in the playoffs. For the first time all season, he's shown his inexperience. His poor performance added to the Rays' offensive problems in the first two games.
Before exiting Monday night's game, he was 0-for-12 in the series. Arguably his biggest contribution has been the gaffe in the outfield that allowed David Ortiz to have a ground-rule double.
Even with his problems at the plate, Myers would be a big loss for the Rays should they win Game 3 and stay alive in the series. He was one of the best offensive weapons for Tampa Bay during the regular season.
In 88 games, the rookie had a .293 batting average with 13 home runs and 53 runs batted in. Myers seems the likeliest candidate for the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
Taking him out of the lineup for Game 4 would leave a big hole.
Check back for the latest updates on Myers' injury when they become available.
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