Rays say MLB looking into social media posts involving Wander Franco

Rays say MLB looking into social media posts involving Wander Franco

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Wander Franco

The Rays said MLB is looking into social media posts on Wander Franco. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Rays announced on Monday that Wander Franco will be placed on the restricted list and take a leave from the club for the current road trip due to social media posts involving the 22-year-old shortstop.

An MLB official has told Yahoo Sports that MLB is currently investigating the matter.

The social media posts in question surfaced on Sunday, and the Rays released a statement after the game against the Cleveland Guardians.

“During today’s game, we were made aware of the social media posts that are circulating regarding Wander Franco,” the Rays said. “We take the situation seriously and are in close contact with Major League Baseball as it conducts its due diligence.”

The Rays didn’t go into specifics about the social media posts. Rays manager Kevin Cash declined to comment further after Tampa’s 9-2 loss to the Guardians on Sunday, too, other than saying he was “aware” of the posts. Franco, 22, was not in the Rays’ lineup Sunday.

“I’m aware of the speculation,” Cash said, via ABC’s Kyle Burger. “I’m not going to comment any further on that. The day off was because of a [scheduled] day off.”

Franco is in his third season with the Rays. He earned his first All-Star nod this season, and is averaging .281 at the plate with 17 home runs and 58 RBI. He hit his first career walk-off to lift the Rays past the Guardians on Friday night. Sunday’s loss to Cleveland wrapped up the three-game series in St. Petersburg.

The Rays signed Franco to an 11-year, $182 million deal in 2021.

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