ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays utility man Nick Franklin is available to play after being hit in the head on deck Wednesday by a teammate's bat.
Franklin was not in the starting lineup against Texas left-hander Cole Hamels Friday night but could come off the bench.
''Everything is good,'' Franklin said. ''Everything came out fine. I'm set to play whenever.''
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Kevin Kiermaier smacked the back of Franklin's head with a bat when Franklin bent to grab pine tar in the on-deck circle prior to leading off the first inning Wednesday against San Diego. Kiermaier was stretching a few feet in front of Franklin, swinging the bat over his head with one arm. Franklin was wearing a helmet.
''That was a little scary there,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''I heard it. I didn't see it. He came in today and gave me a thumbs ups. He feels fine. He's good to go.''
Franklin drew a walk and scored in the first inning Wednesday before leaving with a head bruise. He passed concussion tests Wednesday and Friday.
Tampa Bay had an off day Thursday.