Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier relieved, eyeing quick return after broken foot scare

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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