Rays expecting center fielder Kiermaier to miss time

Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is likely headed to the disabled list after injuring his right thumb Sunday during a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in Tampa.

Kiermaier left the game in the top of the second inning after a first-inning head-first slide into second while advancing on an error. He was examined on the field after jamming his thumb into the bag and stayed in the game before being lifted for Johnny Field when the inning was over.

“Not too excited about the potential of it,” Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters after the game. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of it. But he’s going to be out.”

While X-rays were negative, Kiermaier will have an MRI on Monday to look for soft-tissue damage.

In classic Kiermaier style, he left the batter’s box hustling and was extending the play on an error by left fielder Rhys Hoskins, who juggled the ball after Kiermaier’s looping single.

“It’s one of those plays I was actually just thinking about going to second initially because he (was) kind of getting there a little bit slowly on that blooper hit, and I saw him bobble it so I took the base,” Kiermaier said. “The opportunity was presented to me. I go in there and knew it was going to be a close play.”

He missed close to two months last season with a hairline fracture to his right hip.

–Field Level Media

Source: Economic Times