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Sprained wrist sends Myers to 15-day DL

BOSTON -- Wil Myers became the third Rays player placed on the disabled list this week, joining catcher Ryan Hanigan and outfielder Brandon Guyer.

Myers suffered a right wrist sprain on the final play of Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Red Sox. He had X-rays and saw a doctor on Saturday and then traveled home on Sunday. He is scheduled to see team orthopedist Dr. Koco Eaton on Monday.

"He's going through all the final checks right now," manager Joe Maddon said. "I don't think it's going to be prolonged from what [head athletic trainer] Ronnie [Porterfield] said, but you don't know until he goes through all the doctor checkups back home."

The reigning American League Rookie of the Year Award winner is hitting .227 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 53 games this season. Maddon allowed that Myers having a little time away might not be the worst thing.

"It's not awful," Maddon said. "It's not absolutely awful. It's been a tough beginning for him this year. Maybe a little bit of a break right now keeps him frisky for the end of the year. Get this thing healed properly. Get feeling well. Maybe a couple of rehab at-bats, get this thing going in the right direction and bring him on back.

"Listen, for us to be really successful this year, he has to be in the middle of our lineup somewhere like he was last year. Let's see what's wrong first, and then create the program after that. Hopefully we get him back relatively soon."

The Rays selected first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands from Triple-A Durham. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Tim Beckham was transferred to the 60-day DL.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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