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Former Ray Wil Myers to miss two months with wrist injury

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If you were waiting to decide a winner in the Rays’ off-season, the early verdict may be in.

On Wednesday, as Steven Souza Jr. of the Tampa Bay Rays was going three-for-four with a home run, the San Diego Padres announced that that former Ray Wil Myers will undergo surgery on his left wrist.

“This kid is special. This will be a big blow,” Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said before Wednesday’s game against the Athletics. “Everybody will have to step up.”

Myers has been limited to 35 games this season. He had been hitting .277 with five home runs and 19 RBI. Souza is hitting only 222, but he has 13 homers and 30 RBI. Myers is likely to miss eight weeks.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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