Rays’ All-Star Franco to sit against Giants amid investigation into alleged relationship with minor


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — When the Tampa Bay Rays take the area at Oracle Park today, they will certainly lack All-Star shortstop Wander Franco.

Less than 2 years after he was handed the biggest agreement in Rays background, Franco was positioned on the limited listing on Monday as well as will certainly be far from the group. Authorities in the Dominican Republic are exploring him for having an alleged relationship with a minor, the D.R.’s chief law officer validated to the Associated Press.

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Social media messages initially charged the 22-year-old infielder of an inappropriate relationship. Major League Baseball is examining the circumstance also.

“We support any steps taken by the league to better understand the situation. Out of respect for all parties involved, we have no further comments at this time,” the Rays stated.

The Rays stated the group as well as Franco “mutually agreed” to location him on the limited listing. He will certainly not play in their 3 video games in San Francisco or their following 3 in Anaheim.

Franco has actually developed himself as one of MLB’s premier young gamers in 2023, striking .281 with 46 extra-base hits as well as 30 swiped bases prior to being positioned on leave. He remains in the 2nd year of an 11-year, $182 million agreement.

The Rays brag among MLB’s ideal documents at 71-49. The Giants are 63-55, fighting for among the National League’s wild card places.

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