Rays reinstate Franco from IL after 12-game absence
The Rays were expected to activate the 20-year-old ahead of their series opener against the Miami Marlins after Franco played in a Triple-A rehab game without issue Thursday.
He returns from the IL with a chance to break Frank Robinson's record for the longest on-base streak by a player under 21. Franco has gotten on base in 39 straight games. Robinson set a 43-game record in 1956.
Former No. 1 overall prospect Franco has played well since making his major-league debut on June 22.
In 62 games with the Rays, he owns a .285/.347/.463 slash line with seven home runs, four triples, 15 doubles, and 36 RBIs.