Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20
Bill Chastain of MLB.com reported on Wil Myers' return to to the Rays:
Myers activated, Belnome optioned to Durham and Sands moved from 15-day DL to 60-day#rays— Bill Chastain (@wwchastain) August 20, 2014
Rays lineup for Wednesday vs. Tigers#rays pic.twitter.com/JUVAQjF434— Bill Chastain (@wwchastain) August 20, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Roger Mooney of TBO.com provides a statement from Rays manager Joe Maddon discussing Wil Myers' recovery:
I think after he reports back (after Sunday’s game) I’ll have a better idea, because if he’s effusive about how he felt it could push it up, but if he’s not it could push it back.
He’s actually starting to see the ball better. He feels like his timing is timing up, and that he’s getting pretty close.
Mooney also weighed in with his thoughts on Myers' potential return:
Best case scenario, Myers returns for the Tigers series that begins Tuesday. If he still feels he needs more at-bats, then his return could be delayed until the Rays start the road trip Friday at Toronto.
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 9
The Durham Bulls, Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate, noted that Myers is set to begin a rehab assignment:
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 3
Roger Mooney of TBO.com provides statements from Wil Myers and Rays manager Joe Maddon discussing his injury status and recovery:
RF Wil Myers (right wrist fracture) will take on-field batting practice Monday in Port Charlotte. He said he plans to travel to Durham on Wednesday and start his 20-day rehab Saturday with the Triple-A Bulls.
That could be the plan if all goes well this week.
'I’m ready to just hit the ball on the field to see where the balls are going,' Myers said.
Myers took more swings in the cage Saturday — 15 off a tee, 20 at balls flipped to him and 20 at batting practice pitches.
'When he talks about how it feels when he swings, he’s very positive,' Maddon said.
Updates from Wednesday, July 23
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times provided an update on Wil Myers' recovery:
OF Wil Myers (broken right wrist) has starting throwing lightly and is swinging with the Speed Hitter device, eying a mid August return
Updates from Friday, July 18
Myers tweeted an update on his progress on Friday:
Making progress with my wrist! Felt really good today. Working toward getting back as soon as possible!— Wil Myers (@wilmyers) July 18, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 9
The Tampa Tribune reports on a potential return date for Wil Myers:
RF Wil Myers will have his right wrist examined Friday. If the doctor feels the broken bone has healed and the cast can come off, the best-case scenario would have Myers returning in mid-August, according to manager Joe Maddon.
Updates from Tuesday, June 3
The Tampa Bay Rays provide an update on Wil Myers' injury:
OFFICIAL: Evaluation today revealed Wil Myers has slight stress fracture in R wrist. He'll wear cast 5-6 weeks, undergo MRI & begin rehab.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 3, 2014
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times previously reported the news:
Bad news on #Rays Myers - out at least 2 months. Has slight stress fracture, in cast 5-6 weeks, then starts rehab— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) June 3, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 2
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has the latest on a timeline for Myers:
#Rays don't have final word on Myers yet: At this point, no surgery; don't know if potential nondisplaced fracture. Cud be 2+ weeks to 6— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) June 2, 2014
Updates from Sunday, June 1
The Tampa Bay Rays announced Wil Myers' replacement after the team placed him on the disabled list:
Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune provides an update on Myers' expected return:
#rays Maddon not sure how much time Myers will miss but he doesn't expect it to be long— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) June 1, 2014
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers is currently battling through a right wrist injury that he suffered in Friday's loss to the Boston Red Sox, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith on Twitter:
#Rays Myers has brace on right wrist, says it's sore but won't know how bad until he sees doctor today. "It doesn't feel good."— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) May 31, 2014
Smith explains how the injury came about:
Myers said he hurt wrist when hand slapped ground as he landed following collision with Jennings in 10th.— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) May 31, 2014
The 23-year-old Myers is batting .227 with five home runs and 25 RBI through his first 53 regular-season appearances in 2014 and has started 52 games in right field for the Rays.
With Tampa Bay currently in last place in the American League East, it's safe to say that the Rays can ill afford to be without Myers for an extended period of time. Runs have been awfully difficult to come by for the Rays this season, and although Myers has struggled immensely at the plate in his sophomore season in the bigs, he brings tremendous potential to the table, as pointed out by ESPN's Buster Olney during Wednesday's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays:
Wil Myers ties the score with a two-run shot in Toronto, with a laser over the left field wall.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 28, 2014
After all, the Thomasville, North Carolina, native batted .293 with 13 homers and 53 RBI in 88 games during his debut season in 2013.
Myers' strong play was a key force in Tampa Bay's playoff push last fall, and there's no question the Rays are worse off without him.
Fortunately for manager Joe Maddon and the team, Myers' injury doesn't appear to be all that serious or anything that will keep him out of the lineup for a lengthy period of time. Perhaps a short break will even be good for Myers, who has clearly lost some of his rhythm and confidence at the plate.
It remains to be seen how long Myers will be out for, but it's obvious that the Rays have bigger issues to address heading into the season's midway point.