After sitting out back-to-back games against the Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco is in the lineup for Saturday’s third game of a four-game series.

Franco was benched Thursday and Friday for how he has handled frustrations this season.

Wander Franco smiles while on the bench

The Tampa Bay Rays’ Wander Franco smiles as he talks to Vidal Brujan in the dugout during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals Friday, June 23, 2023, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

He will bat second Saturday against Kansas City starting pitcher Jordan Lyles.

“It’s been hard, really hard, not being with team,” Franco said through a translator. “I’m happy to be back. It’s been difficult.”

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While Rays manager Kevin Cash declined to get into specifics on what led to Franco’s benching, multiple instances this season involving Franco are believed to have led to it.

Franco has had baserunning lapses, failed to run out ground balls at times and shattered his bat after an at-bat Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.