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Friday, July 11, 2014

Rays Injury Update: Yunel Escobar, Wil Myers, David DeJesus

By on 7/11/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays enter a weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays with a record of 42-52, fourth in the American League East. The Rays are struggling offensively and are just 23rd in the Major Leagues in runs scored. Help for the offense could be on the way over the next several weeks, as Yunel Escobar, Wil Myers and David DeJesus are all progressing in their rehabs. In fact, Escobar will be ready to go on Friday against the Blue Jays.

I reported on July 7 that Escobar, who hadn't played since June 24 with a right shoulder issue, was ready to begin a rehab assignment.

An update on Escobar, as reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, is that he played five innings on Wednesday at advanced Class A Stone Crabs. That completed his rehab assignment and he's scheduled to come off the disabled list and return to the lineup on Friday.

Escobar is hitting .244 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in 77 games for the Rays this season. Escobar, an eight-year veteran, has played for the Braves, Blue Jays and Rays and has a career average of .276 with 66 home runs and 376 RBI.

As for DeJesus, who has been on the disabled list since June 19 with a broken left hand, he'll need about two more weeks to recover. Expect him to return in late July or early August.

DeJesus, in his 12th Major League season, is batting .269 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 62 games this season. The veteran has played for the Royals, A's, Cubs, Nationals and Rays and has a career average of .278 with 93 home runs and 541 RBI.

Myers, who has been out with a right wrist fracture since the beginning of June, will have his cast taken off.  He will begin three to four weeks of rehab, pending the results of X-rays.

Myers, the American League Rookie of the Year last season,  batted .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI. This season, he's struggled at the plate, hitting just .227 with five home runs and 25 RBI in 52 games.

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