ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 04: Outfielder Sam Fuld #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays warms up just before the start of Game Four of the American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers during at Tropicana Field on October 4, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Sad news out of Tampa Bay Rays camp, as Sam Fuld is schedule to have wrist surgery and will be out 4-5 months, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays hope to have him back by August, but that seems to be an optimistic return date.
Fuld was one of the feel-good stories of the beginning of last season, as he won a spot on the Opening Day roster out of camp and was the starting left fielder and leadoff man by mid-April. His early season "superman-esque" diving catches caught the attention of fans everywhere, as he went from unknown to household name.
The Fuld news comes on the heels of a report that outfielder B.J. Upton is targeting a mid-April return date as he recovers from back soreness. Upton sustained the injury in a nasty collision with Desmond Jennings. With both Fuld and Upton out to start the season, the Rays will have Jennings move to center, while Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce cover right and left respectively. The Rays will carry outfielders Jeff Salazar and Elliot Johnson as well.