ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays placed oft-injured center fielder Kevin Kiermaier on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a sprained left thumb and recalled outfielder Guillermo Heredia from Triple-A Durham.
Kiermaier is hopeful of missing just a couple of weeks after an MRI on Sunday found the ligament intact and no surgery required.
“It’s the best news I could have received given what happened,” Kiermaier said. “I’m going to be OK. I’m going to be back out on the field sooner than later.”
Kiermaier was hurt diving headfirst into first base on an infield single in the eighth inning of the Rays’ 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.
“I was just trying to make something happen right there,” he said. “Yes, I regret sliding into first base. I didn’t think that was going to happen, but that’s what happens when you do things on the fly and don’t have a thought process.”
He missed 61 games during the 2017 season after fracturing his right hip sliding awkwardly into first base on an infield hit attempt.
Kiermaier fractured his left hand diving for a ball in 2016 and missed 48 games.
“Quirky injury, he’s had a couple of them unfortunately,” Cash said. “I always appreciate the effort. I don’t think you can ever tell a guy not to slide or not to dive.”
Also, there is no date for when All-Star second baseman Brandon Lowe, out since July 3 with a right shin bone bruise, will be back.
“Doesn’t look like he’s quite where he needs to be mobility-wise,” Cash said. “Little things probably irritate it and still hurt it, which is a little head scratching. Still looking for him to take another positive step in the right direction.”
Infielder Matt Duffy will be reinstated from the 60-day IL during a three-game series with Boston that begins Monday night. He has not played in the majors this season because of a left hamstring injury.
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