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Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game due to quad tightness

A futher update is expected Tuesday, and manager Kevin Cash acknowledged the situation is “concerning.’'
Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier dealt with hip and quad tightness during spring training.
Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier dealt with hip and quad tightness during spring training. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Apr. 6
Updated Apr. 6

Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Monday night’s game in Boston due to what the team said was left quad tightness and he will be further evaluated Tuesday.

“I don’t have any real update other than that quad is tightened up again,” manager Kevin Cash said after the 11-2 loss. “I’m sure we’ll have more updates tomorrow. Concerning. Not ideal, for sure.”

Kiermaier appeared to be wincing while running to first base after hitting a double-play grounder in the top of the second inning, then was stretching the leg while playing defense in the bottom of the inning. He left the game while the Rays were hitting in the third.

“I think he felt it when he hit the ground ball when he ran down the first-base line,” Cash said. “And then again when (in the second, Boston’s Franchy) Cordero hit the ball off the wall, we kind of noticed some kind of digging in there to try to loosen it up a little bit when he was backing up left.”

Kiermaier, 30, was sidelined at the start of spring training with hip tightness, then missed time in mid-March due to quad tightness.

Mike Brosseau replaced Kiermaier in the lineup but went to leftfield, with Manuel Margot shifting from right to center and Randy Arozarena from left to right.

Injuries have been an issue for Kiermaier throughout his career.

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