MLB: Rays SS Wander Franco (neck tightness) exits Yankees tilt

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco exited Thursday’s game against the host New York Yankees with tightness on the right side of his neck.

Franco grounded out to New York starter Domingo German to end the fifth after the Rays took a 1-0 lead on Yandy Diaz’s double. After the out, Franco jogged slowly from first base and replays showed him appearing to strain his neck.

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Franco was replaced at shortstop by Taylor Walls, who moved from third base. Isaac Paredes took Franco’s spot in the batting order and manned third.

Franco singled in his first two at-bats and is batting .318 with seven homers in 23 RBIs. He was ranked inside the top five in the AL in batting average following the game.

–Field Level Media

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