Tampa Bay Rays' star Wander Franco faces serious allegations involving a minor in the Dominican Republic, leading to his placement on the restricted list.
MLB Insider Hector Gomez reports investigations suggest Wander Franco's return to MLB is unlikely due to the gravity of accusations against him.
Franco's absence is a major setback for the Rays, as he's a standout player with a .281 average, 17 homers, 58 RBI, and 30 stolen bases this season.
Franco earned his first All-Star Game selection and played a pivotal role in the Rays' strong performance this year.
The Rays have already suffered pitching injuries, and losing Franco impacts their offense significantly.
Currently 73-50, the Rays trail the Baltimore Orioles by 2.0 games in the AL East and lead the AL wild card race.
The allegations against Franco have broader implications beyond baseball.
The Rays face the Los Angeles Angels in a weekend series after a day off on Thursday.