Kiermaier is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The lefty-hitting Kiermaier will bow out of the lineup for the series finale with a southpaw (Keegan Akin) on the bump. Brett Phillips replaces Kiermaier in center field.
Kiermaier went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, a walk, a stolen base and a run in a win over Atlanta on Sunday. The veteran outfielder was a thorn in the side of Atlanta pitching throughout the afternoon, and his seventh-inning double gave the Rays a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Kiermaier has now reached safely in seven straight starts dating back to July 3, a stretch during which he's generated a trio of multi-hit efforts and an impressive nine RBI across 27 plate appearances.
Kiermaier is on the bench for Saturday's game against Atlanta. The veteran outfielder has been more competent at the plate recently, hitting .290 with three walks and nine RBI in his last 10 games. Kiermaier's .242 average is on pace to be his highest since he hit .276 in 2017. Brett Phillips is playing center field and batting seventh Saturday.
Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with a walk, a steal, an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 7-6 win over Atlanta. Kiermaier plated the Rays' first run on an infield single in the second inning and then later notched another single before stealing his sixth base of the year. The 31-year-old is slashing .242/.299/.338 with two homers, 19 RBI, 25 runs scored and a 14:62 BB:K over 214 plate appearances. Kiermaier is a bit streaky at times in terms of his production. He's currently striking out 29 percent of the time but his batting average hasn't taken a huge hit thanks to a .343 BABIP.
Kiermaier is not in Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. With lefty Robbie Ray on the mound, Kiermaier will start the game on the bench. Brett Phillips will take over in center field and bat ninth in his place.