Rays 2B Wendle breaks wrist

Field Level Media

April 24, 2019 at 9:38 pm.

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Joey Wendle suffered a fractured right wrist after being hit by a pitch during Wednesday’s loss to the Kansas City Royals.

The team said X-rays discovered the break. Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the contest that there wasn’t yet a timetable for Wendle’s return.

Wendle was plunked on his hand by Kansas City left-hander Jake Diekman in the sixth inning. Wendle, who was 2-for-2 with an RBI, initially stayed in the game to run the bases before departing.

Wendle returned to active duty on Sunday after missing 17 games with a hamstring injury.

“It’s frustrating,” Cash said in his postgame press conference. “The ball got away from a lefty. Joey worked so hard to get back here quick and then this happens.

“Pretty unfortunate but knowing Joey and the character of the person, he will get on the rehab and get back here as soon as possible.”

Wendle is batting .136 in eight games this season. Last year, Wendle batted .300 with seven homers and 61 RBIs in 139 games.

The Rays reportedly optioned left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to Triple-A Durham after Wednesday’s contest. He allowed seven runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief during the 10-2 loss to see his ERA soar to 8.10 in five appearances.