Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Kevin Kiermaier needs surgery on his thumb, to miss 8-12 weeks

Kevin Kiermaier needs surgery on his thumb, to miss 8-12 weeks

Of course, the Rays should be accustomed to playing without Kiermaier for large stretches.

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is expected to miss 8-12 weeks after undergoing surgery to fix a torn ligament in his right thumb, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Kiermaier, one of the league's best defensive outfielders, hurt his thumb on Sunday while sliding into second base.

Kiermaier has missed extended periods of time the last two seasons, including a fractured hip past year and a broken left wrist in 2016.

Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has a torn ligament in his right thumb that requires surgery and could be sidelined two to three months. The center fielder was sliding into second base when it happened and could be seen immediately getting up and shaking his hand out after.

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A spokesman for the Rays says Kiermaier's surgery will be scheduled in the coming days.

Kiermaier fractured his left hand while making a diving catch against the Detroit Tigers in May 2016 that caused him to miss a big chunk of the season.

Tampa Bay is off to tough start, entering Monday with a 3-12 record.

The Rays have been in this position before, each of the last two years actually, waiting for test results but expecting bad news regarding an injury to centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier. "We are all exhausted of KK getting hurt and there's nothing he can do about. We've got to rally around that and pick each other up".

"It's beyond frustrating", Cash said. Their intial plan is to call up RHP Chih-Wei Hu to add an extra arm to the bullpen. "There's a chance he's going to miss a chunk".

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