Kiermaier went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a pair of runs batted in Tuesday in a loss to the Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series. Kiermaier hit a solo homer in the fifth inning off Clayton Kershaw, and with that, the longest-tenured Rays player hit his first home run off a lefty all season. The solo shot was the only damage that the Rays were able to inflict on Clayton Kershaw, who otherwise dominated their offense. The veteran managed to knock in teammate Joey Wendle in the seventh inning and was the only spark plug in a Rays offense that struggled in the opener.
Kiermaier stated Monday that his wrist is feeling better and that he's "good to go" for Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Kiermaier dealt with a wrist injury that kept him out of three games during the ALCS, but he returned to the starting lineup for Game 7 and is feeling healthy heading into Tuesday's contest following two days off. Kiermaier is 7-for-36 with five extra-base hits and four RBI so far this postseason (12 games).
Kiermaier (hand) will bat ninth as the center fielder in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Kiermaier sat for three straight games after getting hit in the hand by a pitch in Game 3. He's ready to go now for what could potentially be the Rays' final game of the season.
Kiermaier (hand) is out of the lineup for Game 6 of the ALCS against the Astros on Friday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. The 30-year-old finds himself on the bench for the third straight contest after getting hit by a pitch on the hand during Game 3. Kiermaier appeared off the bench as a pinch runner and defensive replacement in Game 5 but has yet to register a plate appearance since the injury.
Kiermaier (hand) remains on the bench for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros on Thursday. Kiermaier exited Game 3 on Tuesday after a pitch struck him on the hand. X-rays revealed nothing worse than a bruise, but he did not play any part in Wednesday's contest. He was reportedly available off the bench, however, so he'll likely be available again if needed Thursday.