Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers is currently battling through a right wrist injury that he suffered in Friday’s loss to the Boston Red Sox, according to the Tampa Bay Times‘ Joe Smith on Twitter:

Smith explains how the injury came about:

The 23-year-old Myers is batting .227 with five home runs and 25 RBI through his first 53 regular-season appearances in 2014 and has started 52 games in right field for the Rays.

With Tampa Bay currently in last place in the American League East division, it’s safe to say that the Rays can ill afford to be without Myers for an extended period of time. Runs have been awfully difficult to come by for the Rays this season, and although Myers has struggled immensely at the plate in his sophomore season in the bigs, he brings tremendous potential to the table, as pointed out by ESPN’s Buster Olney during Wednesday’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays:

After all, the Thomasville, North Carolina, native batted .293 with 13 homers and 53 RBI in his debut season in 2013. 

Myers’ strong play was a key force in Tampa Bay’s playoff push last fall, and there’s no question the Rays are worse off without him. 

Fortunately for manager Joe Maddon and the team, Myers’ injury doesn’t appear to be all that serious or anything that will keep him out of the lineup for a lengthy period of time. Perhaps a short break will even be good for Myers, who has clearly lost his rhythm and confidence at the plate. 

It remains to be seen how long Myers will be out for, but it’s obvious that the Rays have bigger issues to address heading into the season’s midway point. 

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