Kiermaier went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run in Wednesday's 8-1 win over the Dodgers. The blast was his second in three games, and it extended his modest hitting streak to five games. Kiermaier's .234/.300/.421 slash line on the season comes with four homers, six steals, 17 RBI and 20 runs in 43 games, but it's the latter number that's been the most important given the injury issues that have plagued the 29-year-old throughout his career.
Kiermaier is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. With star southpaw Clayton Kershaw on the mound for Los Angeles, the Rays will stock up on a couple of extra right-handed bats. Guillermo Heredia will handle Kiermaier's usual duties in center field, while utility man Daniel Robertson essentially assumes Ji-Man Choi's spot in the infield.
Kiermaier went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a loss to the Yankees on Sunday. The Platinum Glove outfielder has been mired in a slump since the start of May, and even Sunday's production only served to push Kiermaier's average for the month to .149. However, he's hit safely in four of the last five games overall, offering some reason for optimism that he might be starting to trend in the right direction once more.
Kiermaier, who entered Friday's loss to the Yankees as a pinch hitter and went 1-for-2, is hitting just .125 (5-for-40) in May. The outfielder struck out in that pinch-hit appearance, but he subsequently singled later in the contest. However, Kiermaier's prolonged slump has already caused his season average to tumble 42 points to .224, and he has only one extra-base hit (a triple) since April 21, a span of 19 games.
Kiermaier will sit against southpaw CC Sabathia and the Yankees on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Kiermaier has now sat against four of the last five lefties the Rays have squared off against. Guillermo Heredia again gets the start in center field in his absence.
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