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Franklin day to day; Rays call up OF Decker

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BALTIMORE -- Nick Franklin's status remains day to day after the Rays' utility man suffered a left hamstring strain on Thursday.

To compensate for the unknown regarding when Franklin will again be available, the Rays selected outfielder Jaff Decker from Triple-A Durham before Friday's opener vs. the Orioles. To make room for Decker on the 40-man roster, the Rays placed injured first baseman/designated hitter Logan Morrison on the 60-day disabled list.

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BALTIMORE -- Nick Franklin's status remains day to day after the Rays' utility man suffered a left hamstring strain on Thursday.

To compensate for the unknown regarding when Franklin will again be available, the Rays selected outfielder Jaff Decker from Triple-A Durham before Friday's opener vs. the Orioles. To make room for Decker on the 40-man roster, the Rays placed injured first baseman/designated hitter Logan Morrison on the 60-day disabled list.

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Franklin did not return to the field to play first base for the Rays in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Rays' 7-6 win over the Orioles Thursday night. He injured himself while stretching out to catch the relay throw on an inning-ending double play.

"I'm just going to see how things go day to day, see if it gets better and see what happens," Franklin said. "[It] feels a little sore, but I think that's kind of natural for any injury."

When asked if the hamstring felt better or worse on Friday, Franklin answered, "A little worse than I thought it was going to be."

"Overall, I think it's just going to take it a little bit of time to heal," he said.

Franklin is holding out hope he'll be able to return to finish the season.

"See if I can get a week in, maybe a week and a half in," he said. "Never dealt with a hamstring before. Hopefully it will get better soon."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

 

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