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UPDATE: Rays Kiermaier breaks 2 bones in left hand

UPDATE, 8:01:  Mikie Mahtook was just removed from the Triple-A game so it would seem that means he is headed to Detroit to join Rays as Kiermaier's replacement.

UPDATE, 7:43
: The Rays said any decision on surgery and a timetable for Kiermaier's return will come after his Monday doctor visit. Kiermaier Kiermaier emotional in talking about the injury and more so not being able to play for "quite a while" and help the team.

Manager Kevin Cash said they Rays would find a way to get through his absence, but several players acknowledged the obvious. "It's a big loss,'' Evan Longoria said.

UPDATE, 6:22
: The Rays say it is two broken metacarpal bones in Kiermaier's left hand, not the wrist. He will fly home on Sunday and be seen Monday by team hand specialist Dr. Doug Carlan in St. Petersburg, OF Mikie Mahtook would seem like the obvious call-up from Triple-A to take Kiermaier's place.

Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier left Saturday's game with a left wrist injury that appeared severe.

Kiermaier was racing in to try to make a diving catch on a sinking line drive, and his left wrist bent back as he hit the ground.

Kiermaier immediately grabbed his wrist and writhed in paid, then got up and started running off the field even before the Rays assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker could get to him.

Kiermaier, who won Gold and Platinum gloves last season for his defensive prowess, is one of the key players in the Rays lineup based on his speed and athleticism.

Desmond Jennings replaced Kiermaier in centerfield.



[Last modified: Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:01pm]


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