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7 Maikel Franco 3B
Height/Weight: 6-1/213 | Birthdate: 8/26/1992 | Birthplace: Azua, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Philadelphia | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 68/7 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Phillies' Maikel Franco optimistic about returning this season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) Phillies 3B Maikel Franco will test out his injured wrist Wednesday by taking batting practice, reports The News Journal. Franco is on the disabled list with a fractured left wrist, but is optimistic of returning this season.

Phillies 3B Maikel Franco (wrist) could still return in 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/21/2015) Phillies rookie third baseman Maikel Franco may still be able to play again this season after all. Franco is currently on the disabled list with a small fracture in his left wrist, which was thought to have ended his season prematurely. But interim manager Pete Mackanin is not ready to write Franco off just yet.

"The prognosis for Franco is a little bit better than what they've previously noted," Mackanin said, per MLB.com. "So he perhaps might be able to come back a little sooner. He might be back before the season is over."

Franco will remain in a splint for a couple of weeks, but he still stands a chance of returning before season's end.

"That's still up in the air [if he would return], but he very well might be able to come back," Mackanin said. "I was told there's a chance he can come back and play some this year. ... It would be nice to get Franco's bat back in the lineup if possible."


Phillies place 3B Maikel Franco (wrist) on 15-day disabled list


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/18/2015) The Phillies have placed third baseman Maikel Franco on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left wrist. Franco was hit by a pitch on his wrist last Tuesday and hasn't played since.

It is not yet known if the Phillies expect Franco to return this season.


Maikel Franco (wrist) still out for Phillies on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/18/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco remains out of the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Franco hasn't played since leaving last Tuesday's game with a wrist injury. He has been close to returning on several occasions, and there was hope he would be in the lineup for the series-opener against the Jays.

Nevertheless, he'll miss another start, with Cesar Hernandez getting the nod at the hot corner on Tuesday. 


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco (wrist) still sidelined on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/15/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco remains out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers. Franco has been out of action since taking a pitch off of his wrist in a game on Tuesday.

Cesar Hernandez will once again get the start at the hot corner as Franco continues to recover. 

Franco will likely be out Sunday as well. But he does expect to return to the lineup on Tuesday when the Phillies open up a series with the Blue Jays, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Manager: DL stint unlikely for Phillies 3B Maikel Franco (wrist)


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2015) The left wrist of Phillies rookie third baseman Maikel Franco remained in a splint Friday, but he is still considered only day-to-day. Pete Mackanin does not believe he will require a stint on the disabled list, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Franco tested his wrist in the indoor batting cage in Milwaukee and reported that he still felt a little pain. He has been out since a hit-by-pitch Tuesday night.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco absent again from Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2015) Rookie of the Year candidate Maikel Franco can't strengthen his case from the bench, but that's where he'll be again Friday in Milwaukee.

Franco is out of the lineup for the Phillies with a wrist injury sustained on a hit-by-pitch Tuesday. He expressed hope Wednesday that he could return soon.

A recent 2-for-16 slide has his slash line down to .277/.340/.490, but he has racked up 48 RBI in 296 at-bats.


Phillies' Maikel Franco unable to start a day after getting hit on wrist


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks after leaving Tuesday's game due to a wrist injury.

Franco was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat and underwent X-rays, which came back negative. He expects to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

"I think I'll be fine in a couple days," Franco said Wednesday, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Franco is mired in a 2-for-16 slump in his last five games. Although, he does have two home runs, five doubles and 10 RBI through 10 games in August.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco leaves game after HBP in first inning


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/11/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco left Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks in the first inning after being hit by a pitch in his first at-bat. Franco was hit on the left wrist by Jeremy Hellickson, and was in obvious pain. 

Franco underwent X-rays which came back negative. He was diagnosed with a left wrist contusion, and is considered day-to-day. 


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco returns to lineup Friday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who missed some time because of soreness in his elbow, will return to the team's lineup on Friday against the Cubs.

Franco will bat out of the third spot in the lineup. He is hitting .261 with six hits, two walks and four runs in his last seven games.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco pinch-hits Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) An elbow ailment did not prevent promising Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco from stepping to the plate Wednesday against Tampa Bay. He pinch-hit and didn't have to move his bat from his shoulder, walking on four pitches.

Franco, who was sidelined Tuesday, is expected to be in the lineup Friday when the Phillies travel to the Windy City to face the Cubs.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco (elbow) remains sidelined


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/22/2015) Third baseman Maikel Franco will sit out one more day for the Phillies, as he is not in the starting lineup Wednesday while recovering from elbow soreness. 

There is good news on the horizon, as Franco is expected to return to the field on Friday when the Phillies travel to face the Cubs. The infielder played catch prior to the game and said his elbow felt better

Franco left Monday's game late in the contest with the injury. He is hitting .283 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 66 games. He'll be replaced again by Andres Blanco, who is hitting fifth. 


Phillies' 3B Maikel Franco (elbow) out of lineup


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) The Phillies will take on the Rays on Tuesday without the services of third baseman Maikel Franco, who will miss his first game since being promoted on May 15 due to elbow soreness, per the Philadelphia Inquirer

Franco left Monday's game late in the contest with the injury. He has been one of the Phillies few bright spots this season, hitting .283 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 66 games. 

He will be replaced in the lineup at third by Andres Blanco, who will hit seventh. 


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco leaves Monday's game with sore elbow


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was forced to leave Monday's win over the Rays with a sore elbow, reports CSNPhilly.com.

Franco will be reevaluated Tuesday. He was 2 for 4 with one hit and one RBI in the 5-3 win.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco embracing matchups against aces


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco will have a difficult weekend at the plate, per Philly.com. The 22-year-old will face Dodgers starters Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke followed by Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

Franco is learning to embrace the matchups against the top-caliber pitchers in the league.

"I like to face these guys because at the end of the year you just have that much better [experience]," Franco said Thursday before the series finale against the Dodgers and Greinke, who took the mound riding an incredible 272/3-inning scoreless streak.

"That's what I'm looking for every single time, just try to learn and try to make an adjustment with the pitchers and just try to be ready the next time that I face them."

Since July 1, Franco is hitting .303 with 10 hits, five doubles and two RBI.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco records three hits, two RBI in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco went 3 for 4 with three doubles and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.

Franco is hitting a whopping .392 with 20 hits, five doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI over his last 12 games.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco gets three RBI in win over Nationals


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco came up big for his team during their win over the Nationals on Sunday.

Franco went 2 for 5 with three RBI in the game. An infield single in the second inning helped Franco record his first RBI of the game. Franco later singled to center and brought two more runs across the plate.

Franco is hitting .441 with 15 hits, three home runs and 14 RBI over his last eight games.


Phillies Maikel Franco drives in five runs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Phillies rookie Maikel Franco changed positions, but it didn't have an impact at the plate.

Franco got his first start of the season at first base on Tuesday--he started two there last year. He hit a three-run home run and drove in five runs on the day as the Phillies beat the Yankees. 

Franco went 2 for 3 with a walk. He hit his tenth homer of the year and added his ninth double. 

Franco now has 29 RBI. 


Philles' Maikel Franco starting at first base on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/23/2015) Phillies rookie Maikel Franco will make his first start at first base on Tuesday against the Yankees. Franco, who is typically the third baseman for the Phillies, started two games at first base last year and made four more appearances there in the minor leagues this season.

With the team playing in an American League ballpark, Ryan Howard is being deployed as the designated hitter, opening up a spot for Franco to move across the diamond. 


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco has monster game in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco collected two home runs during Monday night's 11-8 win over the Yankees. 

Franco got started early with a solo shot in the first inning before getting his second in the sixth inning on a two-run bomb. He finished the game 4 for 5 with five RBI and three runs scored. Franco has been hot at the plate lately, hitting .385 from the plate over his past 10 games. 

For the season, Franco's slash line sits at .312/.353/.574. 


Maikel Franco gets three hits for Phillies


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco went 3 for 5 in Sunday's win over St. Louis. Franco has three multi-hit games in a row and is 7 for his last 13. 

Franco doubled, his eighth, and drove in his 19th run of the season. 


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco hits seventh home run of year in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco hit his seventh home run of the season in Tuesday night’s 19-3 blowout loss to the Orioles.

Franco hit a two-run shot off of Chris Tillman in the sixth inning. It was good for Franco but it didn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things with how the Orioles were able to rock the Phillies pitchers early and often. 

Franco has now hit five of his seven home runs in the month of June and holds a .274/.315/.530 slash line.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco extends hit streak to 10 games


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco extended his hitting streak to 10 games during Friday's 1-0 loss to the Pirates.

Franco went 1 for 4 with a walk. During his hit streak, Franco is batting .425 with four home runs and eight RBI.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco picks up 3 hits in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco went 3 for 4 in Monday night's 6-4 loss to the Reds. 

Franco hit three singles in the game and improved his hitting streak to seven in a row. In that span, he's hitting .448. For the season, Franco has a slash line of .275/.305/.549.


Sandberg happy with approach of Phillies 3B Maikel Franco


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Ryne Sandberg is impressed that emerging Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco now has six home runs in 87 at-bats, including four in the last six games.

But the manager is more impressed with the swing and approach that has gotten it done.

"This is the first tme I have seen what he can do on the power side of things," Sandberg told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I have seen him stay under control instead of having too big a swing."

Franco hit .179 with no home runs in 56 at-bats during after a September promotion in 2014. But now he has his slugging percentage up to .529.