The Rays placed centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier on the 10-day injured list Tuesday due to a left quad strain and called up infielder Kevin Padlo.
Kiermaier said he expected to miss two to three weeks and was “really frustrated” by the latest in what has been a string of injuries throughout his career.
Kiermaier left Monday’s loss to the Red Sox shortly after feeling what he described as “a jolt of pain” in the quad, which first bothered him mid-spring training and he acknowledged never fully healed.
“As time has gone on, I’ve been a little bit more skeptical about it kind of creeping back every now and then, and kind of playing through it,” he said.
“This is a tough pill to swallow this early on. But I’ve had my time to sulk so far and feel sorry for myself for a little bit. But I can only do that so long. I’ve got to turn the page, be a man about it, accept it and do whatever is asked to get better from from this moment on. And that’s what I plan on doing.”
Kiermaier will be shut down for a few days, then will start working back into baseball activities and will need to test under game-like conditions at the alternate training site before returning.
“I’m frustrated, we’re all frustrated with it,” manager Kevin Cash said. “We’re a better team with KK on the field contributing in whatever capacity.”
Kiermaier said that his leg feels fine during the day and in warmups, but becomes an issue whenever he runs all out, enough so that even if Tuesday’s MRI didn’t show a strain he likely would have had to take time off.
Padlo, 24, is not only in the majors for the first time, but also in the lineup, as the Rays had eight right-handed hitters facing Boston lefty Martin Perez. He came up as a third baseman, but can also play first and second.
With Kiermaier out and Yoshi Tsutsugo being used mainly at first, the Rays are suddenly short-handed in the outfield. One option could be Brett Phillips, who is making good progress in his recovery from a spring hamstring strain and is eligible to come off the injured list for Friday’s game.
Also Tuesday, the Rays claimed catcher Deivy Grullon, a 25-year-old who has spent most of his career in the minors, off waivers from the Reds. To make room on the 40-man roster for Grullon, they shifted pitcher Chaz Roe (shoulder strain) from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list.
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