Franco extended his on-base streak to 39 games, then exited in the first inning against Detroit on Sept. 10.
With one out, Franco lined a single. Nelson Cruz followed with a double, but Franco limped into third. After being examined by team trainers, Franco left the game and was replaced at shortstop by Joey Wendle.
The 20-year-old Franco’s on-base stretch is the second-longest in major league history by a player under 21. Frank Robinson set the record with a 43-game string in 1956.
Franco started at shortstop in a minor league game Thursday with Triple-A Durham.
Infielder Taylor Walls was optioned to Durham.
Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said that reliever Ryan Thompson, who has been on the IL since June 30 with a right shoulder injury, will undergo thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. A date for the procedure has not yet been set,.
Reliever Matt Wisler, sidelined by right middle finger inflammation, is scheduled for a bullpen session Sunday and if all goes well could return next week.
Catcher Mike Zunino is getting extra rest with the playoffs looming, including Friday.