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2 Nick Franklin 2B
Height/Weight: 6-1/190 | Birthdate: 3/2/1991 | Birthplace: Sanford, FL | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 5/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


Rays place five on DL, including Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Rays placed five players on the disabled list to set their Opening Day roster. 

Among the moves the team made on Sunday were: 

Placed P Alex Cobb (forearm), infielder Nick Franklin (oblique) and P Drew Smyly (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27. They are eligible to return on April 11, although none are expected to be ready by then.

Placed P Jake McGee (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list as of April 5.

Placed pitcher Matt Moore (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list as of April 5.

Added catcher Bobby Wilson to the roster. 


Rays' Nick Franklin could miss 4-8 weeks due to oblique injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said infielder Nick Franklin is in between the gray area of 4-6 weeks and 6-8 weeks of recovery and rehab for his oblique injury, per The Tampa Tribune.

Franklin, who will begin the season on the disabled list, is expected to platoon at second base with Logan Forsythe and back up Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop when healthy.


Rays' Forsythe to get majority of starts at 2B with Franklin sidelined


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday infielder Logan Forsythe will get the majority of playing time at second base to open the season with Nick Franklin sidelined due to an oblique injury, per the Tampa Bay Times.

The two infielders are expected to platoon at second base when Franklin is healthy.

The 28-year-old Forysthe has a career .235/.303/.343/.646 slash line. He played in a career-high 110 games in 2014.

"I think Logan's had a good spring," Cash said, per MLB.com. "Logan's a good defender. Plays second base really well.

"I think we're all very happy about the way his spring has gone. Him and [Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton] have had a lot of discussions on some adjustments and they seem to have paid off. He's barreled a lot of balls this spring."


Rays manager Cash: Nick Franklin 'won't be ready' for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash revealed that infielder Nick Franklin "will not be ready for Opening Day," according to the Tampa Bay Times. Franklin was scratched from the lineup after suffering a strained oblique on the last swing of batting practice Monday.  

Rays' Nick Franklin (side) scratched from spring lineup Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin was scratched from the spring lineup Monday after suffering an injury to his left side, the team announced. Franklin was diagnosed with a strained left oblique, per The Tampa Tribune.

Franklin said he suffered the injury on the last swing of batting practice Monday. He doesn't know the timetable for his return, but he thinks his status for Opening Day is in jeopardy.

Earlier Monday, manager Kevin Cash said Franklin will platoon at second base with Logan Forsythe and serve as a backup shortstop to Asdrubal Cabrera, who was named the starting shortstop.


Nick Franklin, Logan Forsythe will platoon at second base for Rays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday infielder Nick Franklin, who lost out on the starting shortstop job to Asdrubal Cabrera, will platoon at second base with Logan Forsythe, according to The Tampa Tribune.

Franklin is a switch-hitter, while Forsythe bats right-handed.


Rays' Cash tabs Asdrubal Cabrera as starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash made it official Monday, naming Asdrubal Cabrera the team's starting shortstop. He beat out Nick Franklin and Tim Beckham, who were also competing for the starting job this spring.

"I don't think you're going to find a more sure-handed shortstop than Cabby," Cash said.

Cabrera is a two-time All-Star while playing at shortstop. He has spent most of his MLB career at shortstop (731 games). Although, the Rays were considering using him at both shortstop and second base this season before Cash made his announcement Monday.


Rays manager Kevin Cash getting closer to naming starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash doesn't appear ready to name a starting shortstop, as he said Tuesday he likes "all the guys we have" competing for the job. However, it appears Asdrubal Cabrera and Nick Franklin are the favorites over Tim Beckham, per MLB.com.

"[The candidates are] still kind of bouncing back and forth," Cash said. "But we want the guy who is going to make the routine play. And not to say that anybody's not doing that, [it] seems like they're all doing that. Cabby just has the experience factor with making that play."

Cash said a decision on who will be the starting shortstop could be made next week.


Rays INF Nick Franklin (hip) back in lineup Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin, who is competing for the starting shortstop job, returned to the starting lineup Monday against the Yankees after leaving Saturday's spring game due to a hip strain. Franklin started at shortstop and hit leadoff Monday.

Rays' Nick Franklin expected back on Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin left Saturday's game with a hip strain. The injury wasn't believed to be serious, but he'll be held out on Sunday as well. The team told the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin that Franklin is expected back on Monday. 

"Everything is good," Franklin told MLB.com's Bill Chastain. "I took everything as normal today. I didn't feel any discomfort, so I should be ready whenever."


Hip strain knocks Nick Franklin out of Rays' spring game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Rays second baseman Nick Franklin was forced out of Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates with a mild left hip strain, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Franklin went 0 for 2 with a strikeout before before he was replaced by Ryan Brett in the bottom of the fourth inning. The team notified reporters that Franklin's injury is not considered to be serious, but did not reveal whether he would play on Sunday.


Rays' Franklin confident he'll win competition to be starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin will be battling for the starting job at shortstop this spring, and he has no doubts he can play the position at the major-league level.

"Absolutely," Franklin said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "Absolutely. 100 percent. I've grown up playing shortstop. Even at the big-league level, playing short just seems natural to me. I enjoy it. I'm really comfortable there. … It's been in my blood for a long time.

"I wouldn't say I need any work. Honestly, I think over these past years I've improved a significant amount at shortstop. … I've been practicing all offseason at short. And there's really no weakness."

The Rays plan to take most of the spring to decide who will be the team's starting shortstop, but Franklin seems pretty confident he will emerge as the victor in the competition.

"I'm going to be out there at short," he said. "There's not a doubt in my mind that I'm not."


Nick Franklin to make team debut Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Rays infielder Nick Franklin is in the starting lineup for Tuesday game against the Yankees, as he gets set to make his team debut.

Franklin was acquired from the Mariners at the trade deadline, and hit just .210 with two home runs in 27 games at Triple-A Durham. He hit just .128/.192/.170 in 17 games with the Mariners prior to the trade. 


Rays to recall trio from Triple-A


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The Tampa Tribune reports that the Rays will recall shortstop Nick Franklin, starting pitcher Alex Colome and reliever C.J. Riefenhauser from Triple-A Durham on Monday.

Franklin has hit .210 with two home runs since coming over to the Rays' organization in a July 31 deadline deal. Colome posted a 7-6 record and 3.77 ERA in 15 starts, and Riefenhauser went 3-3 with a 1.40 ERA for Durham.


Rusney Castillo, Kennys Vargas, Carlos Carrasco and other weekend storylines


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/25/2014)
The good part about having Jon Heyman in studio for the first segment of Fantasy Baseball Today is ... well, it's Jon Heyman in studio. The bad part is one of Al Melchior and I have to sit out that segment.

On Monday, it was my turn, which means I didn't get a chance to react to the biggest storylines from the weekend. But thanks to this blog, where I can write whatever I want, whenever I want, for however long I want (OK, maybe not that last part), I get to react to their reactions.

I know what you're thinking: Don't be so reactionary. Well, I've thought these reactions through, which is the advantage writing affords me over video.

If I was, uh, just, uh ... you know, talking about it, it would, uh, uh ... it would, uh ... hmm ... you probably would have tuned me out before I got my point across. Or the host would have cut me off.

Long story short: Blogs rule. Videos drool. Jon Heyman is cool. Adam Aizer's a fool.

Too cruel?

Al doesn't seem so enthusiastic about Rusney Castillo from a skills perspective, and I guess I can understand looking at his numbers from his last season in Cuba, when he hit .274 with six homers and 15 steals in 234 at-bats. But he was an all-around performer before then, hitting for average and power with speed ... not that we really know how any of those numbers will translate to the big leagues. Based on how it's gone for Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu, though, I'm inclined to buy the hype on any player coming over from Cuba right now. Even Alex Guerrero, who was considered so-so by comparison, has only upped his stock with his performance at Triple-A Albuquerque. Granted, Leonys Martin and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez haven't panned out as hoped, but so far, the good has outweighed the bad for that pipeline.

I'd like to see Yunel Escobar traded to Oakland, but only if it means we get another look at Nick Franklin prior to next spring. The Rays love the guy, which might be the only explanation for why they gave up Price for, at least from our perspective, "so little." The transition from the Pacific Coast League to the International League hasn't been kind to him, which might keep him in the minors regardless of what happens with Escobar, but a little momentum heading into the offseason would make him an intriguing sleeper next spring.

Kennys Vargas has shown impressive power since joining the Twins at the start of August, but his .337 batting average and 23 RBI have more to do his success so far in Fantasy. And they won't continue. Vargas has struck out nearly every third at-bat, leading to a .424 BABIP. Even without a correction in batting average, the law of averages says he won't continue to drive in a run per game. That's not to say he can't help in Fantasy -- I'd take him over Chris Davis if I needed power right now -- but he's not quite as dreamy as he appears.

Jon mentioned that, once upon a time, Marcus Stroman had some detractors who thought he'd wind up in the bullpen long-term, but understand that when we say he's slowing down, it doesn't mean his future role is in question. It just means he's entering unfamiliar territory with his innings, having already thrown six more than his career high, which might explain why he's allowed five earned runs in three of his last four starts. Al mentioned an innings limit, but he's still far enough away from that that you'll want to hold on to him. He's just not must-start anymore.

I understand the skepticism over Carlos Carrasco. He's burned those who believed in him several times over already. But when I look at what's out there at starting pitcher and see this guy throwing near triple digits without any apparent control issues, I'm sorry, but I can't just brush him off. Other than Mike Fiers, he may be as close as you'll get to a late-season miracle.


Nick Franklin shipped to Durham after deadline trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Rays have assigned newly acquired infielder Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham, according to the Tampa Tribune on Thursday. Franklin was included in the deal that sent David Price to Detroit just before the trade deadline. He had only nine homers in 279 at-bats at Triple-A Tacoma. 

Mariners acquire Austin Jackson; Rays get Nick Franklin in three-team deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Mariners butted their way into the David Price sweepstakes and came away with outfielder Austin Jackson from the Tigers, in exchange for infielder Nick Franklin, who was then sent to the Rays.

Jackson is hitting .270/.330/.397 in 370 at-bats for the Tigers, who removed him from Thursday's game just before the trade was announced.

Franklin has struggled in his second major-league season, though he also hasn't had many chances prior to this. He has yet to homer in 52 at-bats, and has just nine in 279 at-bats at Triple-A Tacoma.