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Monday, August 4, 2014

Rays Injury Update: Ryan Hanigan, Wil Myers

By on 8/04/2014 02:00:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have halted catcher Ryan Hanigan's Minor League rehab assignment after he played just one game as a designated hitter for Class-A Charlotte. Hanigan will sit out for another week before trying to resume his rehab assignment. Meanwhile, outfielder Wil Myers will work out with Rays Minor League affiliates this week and possibly begin his own assignment by August 9. Here are the latest updates via Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times.

Ryan Hanigan

Baker reports that Hanigan was scheduled to catch for Charlotte Sunday after going 1 for 3 as the DH Saturday. It appears that he aggravated the left oblique that he strained, putting him on the disabled list on July 9. Manager Joe Maddon wants to make sure that his catcher is 100% before putting him back behind the plate, the game's most demanding position. Said Maddon,
"We just want to make sure that this is right. He's still sore. We don't want to push it."
Baker said that the Rays wanted to activate Hanigan before the past weekend, but he needed some at bats in Charlotte first. Now, there is no timetable for his return because of the shut down. Hanigan is hitting .212 with 4 HR and 27 RBI in 67 games this season.

Wil Myers

Myers is much closer to returning to the active roster, and his Minor League rehab assignment could occur by next weekend. Baker reports that Myers will work out with Charlotte and the Gulf Coast League Rays this week. Assuming no setbacks, Myers could begin an assignment with Triple-A Durham as early as August 9.

Myers is recovering from a stress fracture in is right wrist suffered on May 30 while attempting to catch a drive into the gap at Fenway Park. He missed all of June and July while on the 60-day disabled list, but he could return by mid-August. Myers is hitting .227 with 5 HR and 25 RBI in 53 games.

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