Kiermaier to have surgery, expected to miss 8-12 weeks

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays' Kevin Kiermaier sprains thumb

He broke his left wrist in 2016 (missed 48 games) and fractured his right hip last season (missed 61 games).

"For this to happen, third consecutive year, another freak type of injury, it's hard to put into words", Kiermaier said. Some combination of Johnny Field, Carlos Gomez, and Mallex Smith will cover center field between now and July, in all likelihood.

Right-handed pitcher Chih-Wei Hu was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill Kiermaier's roster spot.

"I don't want to get too far ahead of it, but he's going to be out", Rays manager Kevin Cash told the Associated Press after the game. Tampa Bay may be without Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi, who left Game 2 with injuries, and may face a new goaltender for the Devils, Rick Stroud says in today's podcast. "We are all exhausted of KK getting hurt and there's nothing he can do about". It was a typical KK play.

The Rays placed the defensive whiz on the 10-day disabled list Monday, a day after he was injured sliding headfirst into second base during a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The guy bobbles the ball. "There's a chance he's going to miss a chunk".

Rookie Johnny Field, who made his Major League Baseball debut on Saturday stepped in for Kiermaier on Sunday. Another option would be to call up prospect Jake Bauers, though he is primarily a first baseman and has not gotten off to a good start.

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