Rays’ Franco reportedly not traveling with team amid MLB probe

Rays' Franco reportedly not traveling with team amid MLB probe

Major League Baseball is investigating viral social media posts about Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco, the team announced.

Franco didn’t travel with the Rays to San Francisco for their three-game series against the Giants, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

“During today’s game, we were made aware of the social media posts that are circulating regarding Wander Franco,” the team said in a statement obtained by Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports. “We take the situation seriously and are in close contact with Major League Baseball as it conducts its due diligence.”

The Rays didn’t specify which social media posts they were referring to and declined to say if Franco traveled with them to San Francisco.

MLB has yet to verify the social media posts, according to Passan, who adds that Franco could be put on the restricted list or on administrative leave.

Following Sunday’s contest against the Cleveland Guardians, manager Kevin Cash noted that Franco’s absence from the lineup was simply “a day off.”

Rays Manager Kevin Cash says Wander Franco’s day off was just a day off. No other reason for him not playing today. pic.twitter.com/UJfrVRknfY

— David Schiele WTSP (@Deacon_Schiele) August 13, 2023

Franco, 22, was at the stadium and sat in the dugout until the fifth inning, but he wasn’t in the clubhouse postgame, according to Tampa Bay Times’ Kristie Ackert. A team attendant packed his locker.

He was given the day off despite the team having a Franco-themed snapback hat giveaway for kids 14 and under.

The Rays benched Franco for two games in late June for how he handled his frustration, adding that he could be a better teammate.

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