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Height/Weight: 6-1/190 | Birthdate: 3/2/1991 | Birthplace: Sanford, FL | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rays' Nick Franklin trying to find consistency at Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin has had a rough go of it since his recent demotion to Triple-A Durham. Franklin was sent down to the Bulls at the end of June after struggling to a .139 average in 28 games with the Rays.

But things haven't gotten much better for Franklin in his latest stint with Triple-A. In 13 games since being sent down, he's batting .255 (12 for 47) with two homers and six RBI. But he has also struck out 12 times and has drawn just three walks. 


Rays INF Nick Franklin optioned to Triple-A on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) The Rays have optioned infielder Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham, the team announced on Thursday. Franklin has struggled since returning from the disabled list in mid-May, batting a lowly .139 through his first 28 games of the season.

"Nick's oblique injury in spring training interrupted his preparation for the season, and when he returned, our team's injuries forced him to learn a new position on the fly,'' Rays baseball operations VP Erik Neander said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "He's young and talented and a big part of our future. Our goal is to make sure he is able to continue developing and get back on track, and we believe consistent playing time is the best way to achieve that."

His demotion clears a spot on the 25-man roster for Mark Krauss, who was acquired in a trade on Thursday.


Rays' Nick Franklin replaces Jake Elmore at first base


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Jake Elmore is not in the Rays lineup on Saturday. Elmore had started the previous eight games at first base. 

Nick Franklin gets the start ahead of Elmore. It's his fifth start of the year and the first since June 11. 


Rays' Logan Forsythe gets day off, replaced by Nick Franklin


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe is not in Saturday's starting lineup. Forsythe, who has started 40 games this season, including the last 10, will be replaced by Nick Franklin

Franklin is starting at second base for the seventh time this year and first since June 1. He's started games at shortstop and first base since then. He'll bat eighth in the lineup. 


Rays' Nick Franklin doubles, drives in run


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Rays shortstop Nick Franklin went 2 for 3 with a walk in Friday's win over the White Sox. 

Franklin doubled, his second of the season. He also scored twice and drove in his third run of the year.  


Nick Franklin moves to 1B for first time this season for Rays


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) The Rays juggled their lineup for Saturday's game with the Mariners, giving Nick Franklin, who has played primarily second base in his brief stint with Tampa Bay, his first start of the season at first base. 

Franklin has been practicing at first base as the Rays have been searching for an answer at the position with normal first baseman James Loney on the DL. 

Franklin, who is hitting eighth in the Rays lineup, is batting just .091 on the in 12 games this year. He previously played two seasons with the Mariners. 


Rays' Nick Franklin getting reps at first base


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin has been working with bench coach Tom Foley and taking reps at first base recently, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Franklin, who is hitting only .091 on the year, could emerge as an option against right-handers while the Rays continue to look for patches to fill the void of James Loney, who is sidelined with a broken finger. 


Rays INF Nick Franklin working on changes to fix hitting woes


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) After getting two hits in his season debut May 17, the hits dried up for Rays infielder Nick Franklin, who entered play Monday mired in a 0-for-24 slump. Although the Rays lost 7-3 to the Angels, Franklin had some personal success, ending his slide with a two-run homer.

"It was a big hit for him, it was a big hit for us at the time, especially against [Garrett Richards]," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB.com.

Franklin said after the game he has been working on fixing his swing, particularly with his hand placement.

"I've been working on it the last two days, I just made that adjustment," Franklin said. "As of right now, I think it's working. I like where I'm at with it. And I'm just going to continue doing it.

"It takes about two weeks to break a bad habit. You know it's early for me, personally. ... Technically, I just really started with the ABs. I think it's just going to take a little time and I'll get it."


Rays' Nick Franklin hits 2-run HR in loss to Angels


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin took his third hit of the season for a home run in Monday night's 7-3 loss to the Angels. 

Franklin hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning for his first homer of the season. Franklin, appearing in just his 12th game of the year, is hitting just .091 this season. He hadn't recorded a hit since May 17. 


Rays SS Asdrubal Cabrera, OF Steven Souza still sidelined


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and outfielder Steven Souza remain out of the lineup on Wednesday against the Mariners. Both players have been out since Monday, with Cabrera nursing a groin injury and Souza bothered by an injured wrist.

The team has not provided an update on the status of either player, but with the team off on Thursday, there's a chance they could return for Friday's game in Baltimore.

Brandon Guyer continues to handle right field, and Nick Franklin will grab the start at shortstop on Wednesday. 


Asdrubal Cabrera out, Nick Franklin in Rays lineup Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Struggling Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is set to sit Thursday against visiting Oakland. Nick Franklin will play the position instead.

Cabrera has been steadily unproductive since mid-April. His batting average has not been higher than .225 since that point. He currently owns a stat line of .209/.264/.338 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 148 at-bats.


Rays' Nick Franklin bringing versatile glove to infield


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin is already contributing in just his second day back with the team after a stint on the disabled list, according to MLB.com.

"We had a great conversation today," said manager Kevin Cash. "Nick's been very in tune to what's going on here. Followed us a lot [while he was on the DL]. He's excited to join us. He's going to definitely have a valuable role for us."

Cash will rotate Franklin into the starting lineup to get him acclimated.

"We will definitely get him some starts simply because we've asked a lot of Logan [Forsythe] and Cabby [Asdrubal Cabrera] early on this year," Cash said. "So we want to keep them fresh. We'll work him in probably a couple of times a week. Factoring in on how some of the other guys are doing."


Rays' Nick Franklin collects two hits in debut Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Rays second baseman Nick Franklin went 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored in his season debut on Sunday as his team rolled over the Twins, 11-3.

Franklin is getting a late start to the season after suffering an oblique injury.

"I’m excited to play," Franklin said, per the Tampa Tribune. "When I found out what the MRI showed (after the injury), I prepared myself. It’s been a month and a half — plenty of season left."

Manager Kevin Cash said that Franklin's versatility and switch-hitting ability will be important, but that infielder Logan Forsythe has earned a big role with the team.

"Nick can play second base or shortstop and give some guys an extra day of rest," Cash said. "Logan’s been outstanding, but at the same time, we have to be smart about the workload of some of these guys. Logan’s a big part of what we’re doing."


Nick Franklin returns to Rays' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) A day after being activated from the disabled list, Rays infielder Nick Franklin is back in the starting lineup on Sunday, playing second base and batting eighth. 

Franklin had been on the disabled list with an oblique injury.

Franklin's return moved Logan Forsythe to designated hitter. It's his second start at DH this seaosn.  

 


Rays activate INF Nick Franklin, demote RHP Andrew Bellatti


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Rays right-hander Andrew Bellatti received praise from Kevin Cash after pitching three scoreless innings in his major league debut Monday.

He has not pitched since. And on Saturday, he was optioned out to make room for veteran utility infielder Nick Franklin, the Tampa Bay Times has reported.

Franklin has been activated after spending time on the disabled list with an oblique strain. He has been out all season.


Rays infielder Nick Franklin to ramp up baseball activities


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin is getting closer and closer to returning to the majors. Manager Kevin Cash is hearing good things on Franklin and his rehab, according to MLB.com.

"He's playing well," Cash said. "He's recovering well. He'll ramp up his schedule. More back-to-back days playing. We'll definitely have some decisions to make on the roster the next couple of weeks."

Franklin is currently on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain after suffering the injury in spring training.


Rays INF Nick Franklin (oblique) goes 0 for 2 in second rehab game


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin played in his second rehab game on Wednesday, going 0 for 2 with two walks. He was checked out by a trainer after taking a swing, but was able to stay in the game. The Rays are looking to get Franklin 20-30 at-bats in his rehab before activiating him from the disabled list, according to the Tampa Bay Times.


Rays' Nick Franklin goes 1 for 3 in first rehab appearance


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Rays second baseman Nick Franklin went 1 for 3 at the plate in his first rehab game for Triple-A Durham on Tuesday.

Franklin, who is currently on the 15-day DL with an oblique injury, hit a single and struck out once in the appearance. Franklin is yet to appear in a game for Tampa Bay this season after picking up the injury just before the beginning of the season.


Rays 2B Nick Franklin scheduled for rehab assignment Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Rays second baseman Nick Franklin is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham Tuesday, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Franklin is currently on the 15-day DL with an oblique injury. He has not played in a game yet this season with Tampa Bay after posting a .160 average with six RBI in 81 at-bats in 2014.


Rays INF Nick Franklin could begin rehab assignment Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin said Friday he is feeling better and could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Monday, per the Tampa Bay Times. Franklin has been out all season after suffering an oblique injury toward the end of spring training.

Rays INF Nick Franklin set to begin rehab this week


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin has told the Tampa Bay Times that he is set to begin a rehab assignment this week at Port Charlotte. No date was specified.

Franklin, who has been sidelined all season with an oblique injury, hit just .160 in 81 at-bats a year ago.


Rays infielder Tim Beckham proving he belongs


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Rays infielder Tim Beckham has hit well since entering the starting lineup in the opening week of the season. Beckham is hitting .267 with two home runs and six RBI in 30 at-bats. 

"What I've seen the past two weeks is a player who is hungry, a player who understands the opportunity in front of him," Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said. "I've seen a guy whose confidence is increasing every game. He's had some success, and I think that is making him a more confident and productive player."

Beckham got his chance when Nick Franklin strained an oblique muscle late in spring training. But he may be headed back to Triple-A once Franklin is healthy enough to return.

"I'm not looking at how Franklin is doing, and I'm not worrying about what the front office is thinking," Beckham said. "As a player, I can only control what's in front of me. I'm trying to maximize my performance every day, and adding pressure by worrying about what other people are doing is not going to help me."


Rays 2B Nick Franklin, 1B James Loney still need rehab games


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Rays second baseman Nick Franklin and first baseman James Loney both fielded ground balls prior to Saturday's game against the Yankees. Franklin and Loney, who are both dealing with an oblique issue, will still require minor-league rehab games before they're activated form the disabled list.

Rays' Nick Franklin (oblique) not ready for rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that infielder Nick Franklin (oblique) is not ready to begin a rehab assignment, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franklin has been able to take part in batting practice, but he has yet to play in a game since being placed on the disabled list before the beginning of the season.


Rays second baseman Nick Franklin takes BP Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Rays second baseman Nick Franklin took part in batting practice Tuesday, taking swings from the left side without any issue, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Franklin, who is dealing with an oblique injury, said it went well and had no issues. Franklin is on the 15-day DL and is eligible to return to the lineup Saturday.