With investigations ongoing, the MLB and MLBPA have made the decision to place Tampa Bay Rays star Wander Franco on administrative leave.
As of now, there is no indication of when he will return.
According to MLB writer Ryan Fagan, Franco’s administrative leave is effective immediately. Furthermore, the statement makes it clear that “the administrative leave, effective immediately, is not disciplinary under the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.”
Here is the full report that dropped Tuesday morning.
Wander Franco placed on “administrative leave” while MLB continues its investigation. pic.twitter.com/NQOM7MxRxZ
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) August 22, 2023
Essentially, the league is doing its due diligence and feels it’s better for Wander Franco to not play while the investigation is underway.
With that said, Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that Wander Franco is still potentially available to play in the postseason.
So, from the sounds of it, depending on how the investigations go, the Rays’ star may or not be available for the playoffs.
At this time, Wander Franco's postseason eligibility has not been ruled out, sources briefed on the arrangement placing him on administrative leave said. MLB is continuing to investigate.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) August 22, 2023
Wander Franco has been on the MLB’s restricted list since August 14, when the league originally launched its investigation on the accusations against the Rays’ star.
Franco was recently accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a minor when social media posts were shared everywhere.
Then on August 16, a 17 year old girl in the Dominican Republic also accused Franco of having inappropriate relations with her.
Only time will tell how this whole thing plays out. Wander Franco is facing some serious accusations that could lead to serious punishment.
Considering investigations are still underway, there will surely be more information released in the coming weeks.