Report: Rays’ Kiermaier to miss 8-12 weeks

Report: Rays’ Kiermaier to miss 8-12 weeks

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Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Times reported that the Rays are expected to officially announce the injury later Monday and place Kiermaier on the disabled list.

Kiermaier suffered the injury on a headfirst slide into second base during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the game that Kiermaier could “miss a chunk” of the season.

The injury-plagued Kiermaier, who had been scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, also acknowledged after the game that “the odds are (not) in my favor.”

Kiermaier, 27, is a two-time Gold Glove winner but has missed significant time each of the last three seasons because of injuries. He missed nearly two months in 2016 because of a broken hand and appeared in just 98 games last season because of a fractured hip.

Kiermaier was batting .163 (6 for 43) in his first 12 games this season.

MLB News

via http://www.espn.com – MLB http://www.espn.com

April 16, 2018 at 09:44AM

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