Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was stretching with his bat in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Padres at Tropicana Field when he accidentally struck second baseman Nick Franklin on the head. Thankfully, he was wearing a helmet.
Franklin stayed in the game and took his at-bat, drawing a leadoff walk, but he was taken out of the game before the start of the top of the second inning. Luke Maile came in to play first base, Brad Miller moved from first base to shortstop, and Tim Beckham moved from shortstop to second base.
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Franklin will be put through Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol and more about his status should be known later tonight or on Thursday.