A plus baserunner with a career .750 OPS and two Gold Gloves on his mantle, Kevin Kiermaier excels in nearly all phases of the game, but injuries have prevented the outfielder from cementing his status as a star-level talent. After a broken wrist limited him to 105 games in 2016, Kiermaier missed two-plus months in 2017 with a fractured hip. Though the extended absence extinguished any hope of a major breakout, Kiermaier was among the top fantasy assets following his mid-August return, slashing .306/.352/.517 with eight home runs and six steals over his final 36 games. While Kiermaier probably can't maintain that post-injury pace for the entirety of the 2018 campaign, his five-category upside is evident if he can skirt the health setbacks that hindered him the past two seasons. Due to his career-long scuffles against southpaws, Kiermaier's batting average seems less bankable than his outputs in other areas, though his speed in addition to the lofty 34.8% hard-hit rate he sported in the second half supports his ability to sustain a high BABIP.
Kiermaier is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles. Mallex Smith will start in center field and hit eighth with Kiermaier out of the lineup. Kiermaier came back from an illness and played in Saturday's game, in which he went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases. Injuries limited Kiermaier to 98 games this season. In that time, he hit .276/.338/.450.
Kiermaier (illness) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles. Kiermaier rejoins the starting nine for the first time since Wednesday after dealing with an illness the past couple days. He will slide back into the leadoff spot while manning center field for Saturday's contest.
Kiermaier is dealing with an illness but is expected to rejoin the lineup Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Kiermaier is not starting Friday for the second day in a row, but manager Kevin Cash revealed he is dealing with an illness and not any sort of injury, and he expects Kiermair to be available for the Rays' final two games of the season this weekend.
Kiermaier is not in the lineup Friday for the second day in a row, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Kiermaier appeared to be receiving a simple day off Thursday, but his absence from Friday's lineup, particularly with him hitting .290 this month, brings a potential injury into the equation. Regardless of why, though, Kiermaier will open on the bench Friday while Peter Bourjos gets the start in center field.
Kiermaier is not in the lineup Thursday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports. Kiermaier will receive a standard day off after starting the past five games, going 6-for-20 (.300 average) during those contests. In his place, Peter Bourjos will take over in center.