UPDATE, 1:13: Rays officials are monitoring the forecasted tracks of Hurricane Dorian and are already in discussion with MLB about potential contingencies for the 10-game homestand that starts Friday. Among a broad spectrum of options could be postponing games and playing doubleheaders in advance of or after the storm comes through, or relocating the series with the Orioles slated to start Monday to Baltimore or a neutral site. No decisions are expected until the forecast track becomes clearer over the next day or two.
UPDATE, 12:48: Cash said Kiermaier wants to play buy they don’t feel he is healing "as quickly as we’d like, and I don’t personally feel comfortable asking him to go out there when he’s in a significant amount of pain.'' Cash said they “really would like to avoid” putting him on the injured list and are hoping he can play Friday. Cash said they are confident there are no broken ribs, that it’s a deep bruise to the muscles in the rib area, the intercostal muscles. Kiermaier, uncharacteristically, declined to talk with reporters about his status. Cash said that’s because he’s likely frustrated with the situation. If the Rays put Kiermaier on the injured list, he would be sidelined until next Thursday. If they wait and he doesn’t heal, they have to wait until Sept. 3 to recall Guillermo Heredia.
Here is the Astros lineup:
DEVELOPING: The Rays are facing another Astros ace today in Zack Greinke as they try to avoid a sweep by the AL West leading Astros.
And they will do so again today without centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who is out of the lineup for third straight game.
Kiermaier has been sidelined since Sunday when he crashed into the outfield wall in Baltimore trying, unsuccessfully, to make a catch, and bruising the muscles on the left side of his rib cage.
Here is the Rays lineup: