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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rays Injury Update: Wil Myers, Joel Peralta, Jerry Sands

By on 7/26/2014 11:30:00 AM

Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers has begun swinging for the first time since fracturing his right wrist on May 30. He has hit off a tee using a fungo bat, a normal bat, and a Shelty stick. Live batting practice should occur within the coming week. In addition, Joel Paralta (illness) is also recovering well, but Jerry Sands (wrist) is out for the season. Here are the latest updates on each player via's David Adler.

Wil Myers

Right fielder Wil Myers fractured his right hand on May 30 when he collided with center fielder Desmond Jennings as the two attempted to catch a drive off the bat of Boston's A.J. Pierzynski. The Red Sox walked off with a win on the play, and Myers walked off with a stress fracture in his wrist. The Rays expect him back in mid-August. Myers was hitting .227 with 5 HR and 25 RBI in 53 games.

Joel Peralta

Reliever Joel Peralta is not injured; he has a virus. Adler says that Peralta is starting to feel better after getting ill, possibly from a mosquito bite. Peralta, though, says that he is not sure what really happened.

Peralta said that he is getting over his illness and has begun getting back into shape. Adler quoted him discussing his condition. Said Peralta,
"I feel good now. A couple of days ago I started feeling better, started doing some exercises.... They ran a bunch of tests when I got back here in St. Petersburg a couple of days ago, and everything came out normal, really good. So I'm not sure what it was. Nobody knows. I'm just glad that I'm healthy."
Peralta could begin a Minor League rehab assignment over the weekend and return to the active roster as early as Monday.

Jerry Sands

The news is not so good for left fielder Jerry Sands. He is out for the season after having surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left wrist. He played in only 12 games after his call-up on June 1. The surgery went very well, but it will take him four months to recover. He should complete his recovery in time to prepare for 2015.

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