UPDATE, 6:42: The Kiermaier situation sounds the most concerning as he has significant pain and stiffness in his neck limiting his mobility to the point where he said he can’t play, and he is quite frustrated to be out again: "Frustration is a word I could say over and over.'' Kiermaier said he felt some tightness in his neck before Sunday’s game, got a massage and then used a foam roller and somewhere along the way his neck got worse, and he aggravated it by playing. He had an MRI on Monday that he said came back clean and he is hopeful the pain, which he compared to being hit on the neck with a bat, subsides soon but has no gauge. Cash they are hopeful Kiermaier recovers quickly.
Pham said he threw today and felt good, but Cash said they wanted to wait another day,
Another issue is that lefty reliever Hoby Milner was sent back to St. Pete to see neck/back specialist Dr. Tom Tolli due to increasing and spreading discomfort and could be done for the season.
Here is the Rangers lineup, with former Rays prospect Nick Solak hitting cleanup:
DEVELOPING: The Rays are back in action tonight in Texas against the Rangers, and while they are still sitting atop the AL wild card race they are don’t have two of their key players in the lineup.
Kevin Kiermaier, who left Sunday’s game with neck soreness, is still not feeling right and will be seen by a doctor today, manager Kevin Cash said on WDAE radio. Pham has been limited to DH duties the last few games due to a forearm/elbow issue and Cash was hoping to have him back in leftfield tonight.
The lineup does include Michael Perez behind the plate, making his first start since his recall, and rookie Kean Wong, who debuted last week, at second base.
Also, the Rays plan for Blake Snell to pitch again for Triple-A Durham, two innings or 30 pitches and if all goes well could rejoin the Rays after that.
Here is the Rays lineup against Texas righty starter Lance Lynn:
N. Lowe DH