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Admit it: You either totally forgot all about Wil Myers or simply dismissed the possibility that he'd make it back before the end of the season when he suffered a broken right wrist in a collision with Desmond Jennings back on May 30.
So here's what amounts to either a gentle reminder or a not-so-gentle shake to get you to go snatch Myers if he was cut loose some two-and-a-half months ago. The 23-year-old has healed and could rejoin the Tampa Bay Rays this week, perhaps as soon as Tuesday, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays are off Monday, but Myers could be ready to go by Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.
"He's getting closer, not far off," manager Joe Maddon said via Topkin. "The big thing is timing. … Primarily as soon as he feels like he's seeing the fastball well, he'll be ready."
So just how is Myers seeing the ball during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham? He's gone 6-for-21 (.286) with a pair of home runs and six RBI in his six games there, three of which he's played in the outfield to test his wrist out defensively.
Now, yes, Myers wasn't all that good over the first two months when the reigning AL Rookie of the Year was healthy (.227 BA, 26 R, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 3 SB in 53 games), but you always gamble on the talent. If Myers can stay healthy, he could produce some nice numbers over a short period.
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