Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash announced on Thursday that shortstop Wander Franco will not be playing until at least Saturday due to his handling of frustrations this season.

Franco was not included in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Kansas City Royals and will also be sitting out Friday’s game.

Wander Franco reacts after being called out at home

Wander Franco, #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays, reacts after being called out at home during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 30, 2023, in Chicago, Illinois.
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“Wander is a really good kid, really good person. He’s a young player that is learning and dealing with the challenges of being a Major League player and some of the frustrations that come with it,” Cash told reporters.


“Over the course of this season, there’s been probably multiple times that the way he has handled his frustrations have not been the way that we ask our players to uphold being the best teammate.”

While Cash declined to provide specific details on the reasons for Franco’s benching, multiple instances this season are believed to have contributed to it.