Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier relieved, eyeing quick return after broken foot scare

Kevin Kiermaier in action earlier on the road trip. (Getty Images)
Kevin Kiermaier in action earlier on the road trip. (Getty Images)
Published April 9 2018

For a guy who had a crutch at his locker and a walking boot on his painful and swollen right foot, CF Kevin Kiermaier actually was in pretty good spirits Monday morning.

That's because X-rays showed there was no break, as Kiermaier had become increasingly worried about in the hours after fouling a ball off his foot Sunday. And that with a diagnosis of a bone bruise he is expected to miss only a couple days, hoping even to be available Tuesday.

"I'm just kind of hobbling and limping around, not able to put too much weight on it," Kiermaier said.  Hopefully a bunch of treatment today, rest, staying off it. I've got my 'Paul Bunyan' boot on right now so that will take some of the pressure off everything. It's good though. I was kind of preparing for the worst."

Having missed time with a broken right hip in 2017, broken left hand in 2016 and fractures in both hands in 2012, Kiermaier said:  "I definitely dodged a bullet with this one because I'm way too familiar with breaking bones."

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