Kiermaier, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a loss to the Astros on Wednesday, is 0-for-9 overall in his two games since returning from a thumb injury. Kiermaier was sidelined just over two months, and it's not a surprise that he's struggling with his timing at the plate. The Gold Glover also hadn't had much of a chance to get acclimated to the new season before his injury, as he'd suited up for only 12 games before hurting his thumb. Now back at full health, he'll look to improve on an early line that sits at a dreadful .135/.211/.192 across his first 57 plate appearances of 2018.
Kiermaier (thumb) was activated from the 60-day disabled list and is starting in center field Tuesday against the Astros, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports. As expected, Kiermaier is back with the Rays after spending more than two months on the shelf with a torn ligament in his thumb. He'll immediately reclaim his role as the team's everyday center fielder, hitting leadoff against Justin Verlander in his first game back. Prior to landing on the disabled list, Kiermaier hit just .153/.250/.233 with a stolen base in 12 games. In a corresponding roster move, Rob Refsnyder was designated for assignment following Monday's game.
Kiermaier (thumb) is set to come off the 60-day disabled list ahead of Tuesday's matchup against the Astros, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Kiermaier has been on the shelf since undergoing thumb surgery April 20, but after completing his minor-league rehab assignment, he's healthy enough to return from the disabled list. He managed to play in just 12 games prior to suffering the injury, batting .163 with one RBI and a stolen base. Kiermaier figures to take over in center field, with the Rays' remaining outfielders sharing time between the two corner spots.
Kiermaier (thumb) is on track to be activated from the 60-day disabled list Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Kiermaier played in his fifth rehab game with Triple-A Durham on Sunday, going 1-for-4 while playing the whole game in center field. He's now 7-for-17 through five games with the Bulls. Barring any setbacks during Kiermaier's upcoming week of rehab games, it sounds like the outfielder will be activated ahead of the Rays' series opener against the Yankees on Friday despite earlier statements from manager Kevin Cash suggesting his rehab assignment would extend for multiple weeks. The outfielder, who was hitting just .163/.250/.233 across 12 games before injuring himself, will immediately reclaim his role as the team's primary center fielder upon reinstatement.
Kiermaier (thumb) went 1-for-4 while playing center field in Triple-A Durham's win over Gwinnett on Friday. Kiermaier had played his first two rehab games with High-A Charlotte, going 3-for-6 with two walks and a run. Friday marked his second consecutive game in the field, but despite his relatively brisk progress, his rehab assignment is still expected to extend for multiple weeks according to prior statements by manager Kevin Cash.