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Joey Wendle suffers wrist fracture

He will be returning to the injured list.

Kansas City Royals v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Fresh off two weeks on the Injured List, Joey Wendle will be spending a considerable longer time on the shelf this time around. He suffered a fractured wrist after being hit by a pitch thrown by Jacob Diekman of the Kansas City Royals during the 6th inning of the series finale on Wednesday.

Wendle remained in the game to run after being hit by the pitch, but was removed the following half inning with Brandon Lowe taking over at second base. Wendle underwent x-rays which revealed the fractured right wrist.

Wendle has not been able to contribute much to the Rays this season, after a stellar rookie campaign in 2018, during which he hit .300/.354/.435 with 7 HR over 545 plate appearances, accruing a total of 3.7 fWAR over 139 games.

The recovery time frame for a fractured wrist varies as it depends on the severity of the fracture, with sometimes lasting as short as four weeks to several months.

In the meantime, the Rays will rely on their depth to fill their infield holes left open by the injuries of Joey Wendle, as well as Matt Duffy who is slowly progressing his way back from hamstring and back issues.