The Tampa Bay Rays season hasn’t gone as expected, and no player may exemplify that better than Wil Myers. After winning the Rookie of the Year Award last season thanks to a healthy .293/.354/.478 line at the plate, Myers was supposed to be a key member of the Rays lineup this season. But instead, Myers started out hitting just .227/.313/.354 in 53 games. Then to make matters worse, he suffered a wrist injury in a collision with Desmond Jennings that caused him to be put on the DL on May 31st.
Finally, Myers is about to take the first step towards returning to his 2013 for- simply playing in games. As Marc Topkin outlines, Myers will work out at Tropicana Field today, with plans of flying to Durham and working out with the Triple-A team on Thursday and Friday. If all goes well, he will see his first game action on Sunday. Given that Myers has been out for over 2 months, he is going to need an extended rehab stint- probably in the range of 2 to 3 weeks. Also with him struggling in the early part of the season, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Rays also use this as an opportunity for him to work out some kinks in his swing.
Myers’ return to the Rays could be a big boost, but only if he can rebound from his early season woes. With Evan Longoria‘s struggles this season, the Rays have lacked a middle of the order power bat. Longoria leads the team with 14 homers and Sean Rodriguez is second with 10. When a part-time utility infielder has been one of your best power hitters, then something clearly is not going right. The Rays desperately need a power hitter if they are going to have a shot at reaching the playoffs, and Myers could be that boost that they need of the last month or so of the season.
Wil Myers is about to take the first step towards rebounding from his disappointing 2014 by returning to the field for a rehab stint. He remains the Rays right fielder of the present and future, and could soon establish himself as one of the best hitters in all of baseball. The Rays are hoping that could come sooner rather than later, as they need a big boost to get themselves into the playoffs.