Kiermaier was a first-time attendee at the Rays' informal Tropicana Field workouts Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "It felt great to see teammates, trainers, coaches and [manager Kevin] Cash," Kiermaier said via text. "Was very happy to drive to the Trop once again, to have somewhat a regular feel from years past even though I knew it was going to be in and out in an hour time slot."
Kiermaier did not attend the first workout the Rays held Monday, but he did have a chance to engage in activities such as light weightlifting, running and playing catch Wednesday. Along with the rest of his teammates, the outfielder had his temperature checked upon entry, wore a mask when appropriate and adhered to social distancing guidelines. Topkin reports that by next week, players such as Kiermaier may enjoy greater access in the form of batting cage sessions and additional workout equipment.
Kiermaier is potentially more expendable than in past years now that the Rays have acquired Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Tolentino runs through five Rays that, for a variety of reasons, particularly have something to prove in a potential 2020 season. With Kiermaier, it's both his upcoming salaries and the team's expanded outfield options that qualify him for the list. The 30-year-old Gold Glove outfielder is slated for salaries of $11.6 million and $12.6 million in the 2021 and 2022 seasons, respectively, and six big-league seasons in, he's still trying to be as consistent with the bat as with his stellar glove. Tolentino notes Margot is also an impressive defensive asset, while Arozarena has excellent speed and was outstanding offensively in three of his last four minor-league seasons within the Cardinals organization. The combination of factors do lend credence to the notion that the team has options if it were to receive an attractive offer for Kiermaier, but working in his favor for the moment is that neither of the aforementioned potential replacements have yet had the opportunity to prove themselves in Tampa outside of a small Grapefruit League sample this year.
Kiermaier has remained in the Port Charlotte area during the current suspension of spring training and is using a variety of methods to remain in shape, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Platinum Glove outfielder has been using rubber resistance bands to perform assorted stretching exercises and for creative movements such as baseball bat biceps curls. Kiermaier is also working on his legs by jumping on concrete blocks, so he's essentially trying to stick to a comprehensive, full-body workout without the benefit of a gym/training facility. Like the rest of his teammates, the 29-year-old is hoping to soon find himself in a ramp-up period to the delayed regular season.
Kiermaier was hitting just .125 (3-for-24) with two doubles, three RBI, two walks and four runs across 10 Grapefruit League games before spring training was suspended.
The Platinum Glove outfielder entered camp looking forward to implementing changes to his stance and swing he'd made in the offseason, but as his line indicates, those have yet to pay dividends. Even with the unsightly spring numbers, Kiermaier's starting center field job is far from endangered thanks to his elite defense. Nevertheless, the Rays would certainly welcome improvement on last season's .228/.278/.398 line (480 plate appearances).
Kiermaier, who made some changes to his stance and swing this offseason, has been consistently driving the ball to the opposite field in his first few batting practice sessions, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The multi-time Gold Glover made a point of addressing his offense this offseason in an effort to significantly outperform his career .249 average in 2020. Toribio reported last week the 29-year-old worked diligently with a coach from another major-league team on both body positioning and control in the batter's box this winter, with the express purpose of learning to use all fields consistently. The new approach has apparently paid early dividends, although spring training, and ultimately, the regular season, will serve as a more accurate barometer.
Kiermaier is not in Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
He is hitting .137 with one home run and zero steals in 18 games this month. Guillermo Heredia is starting in center field and batting ninth.
Kiermaier went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in an extra-innings win over the Yankees on Tuesday.
Kiermaier erased a 1-0 deficit with a 413-foot shot to right in the fifth, his first round tripper since Aug. 21. The struggling outfielder has been mired in a slump since mid-August, which has led to a 24-point drop in his season average to .227. Notably, Tuesday's homer still only served to bring his September batting average to .111.
Kiermaier is not starting Wednesday against the Dodgers, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The Rays' lineup will be a man short with the lack of a designated hitter in the National League park. Kiermaier will be the one to lose his place on this occasion, with Avisail Garcia starting in center field.
Kiermaier went 0-for-8 with one run in his first two games back in the starting lineup after a four-game absence due to neck issues.
Kiermaier came up empty at the plate over both weekend losses to the Angels, as well as in a pinch-hit capacity on Friday night in the series opener. The Platinum Glove outfielder has at least been able to play in back-to-back games, certainly an encouraging development as the Rays continue to fight for a postseason berth. However, the 29-year-old is in dire need of some offensive success, considering he's slashing an unsightly .196/.245/.341 since the All-Star break.
Kiermaier (neck) is starting in center field and hitting eighth Saturday against the Angels.
Neck discomfort has limited Kiermaier to just 17 at-bats this month. He has just three hits with zero home runs and zero steals over that stretch.
Kiermaier (neck) remains on the bench Friday against the Angels.
Neck spasms will keep the center fielder out of the lineup for the fourth straight contest. He was reportedly available off the bench Thursday but did not make an appearance. Guillermo Heredia starts in center field Friday.
Kiermaier (neck) is available off the bench Thursday against the Rangers, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Kiermaier has missed the past two games with neck spasms but is feeling better after visiting with a chiropractor Wednesday. The outfielder is hoping to feel around 80 percent healthy Friday, suggesting a return to the starting lineup isn't far off. Avisail Garcia is starting in center field and hitting leadoff Thursday.
Kiermaier (neck) is seeking an appointment with a chiropractor in hopes of fixing his alignment, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
There has been no improvement Wednesday with his neck and Kiermaier said it may be more joint related than a muscle issue. He said everything is "out of whack" so it doesn't sound like he'll be returning in the coming days. Guillermo Heredia is starting in center field Wednesday.
Kiermaier (neck) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Kiermaier was hoping to return Tuesday after leaving Sunday's game with neck spasms, but he did not appear in the series opener in Texas and is now set to miss a second straight start. Fortunately, his MRI came back clean, so an extended absence seems unlikely. Despite this issue and a couple other dings throughout the season, Kiermaier has managed to play in 116 games, which is already the second-highest total of his career.
Kiermaier (neck) isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
Kiermaier was reportedly on track to return to the starting nine Tuesday, and although his MRI came back clean, mobility remains an issue, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. As a result, Guillermo Heredia is set to man center field and bat eighth.
Kiermaier (neck) expects to be in the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
He was removed from Sunday's game with neck spasms. Kiermaier said his neck tightened up before the game and felt it get tight again after making a sliding grab in the fifth inning. That said, he expects to be fine during Monday's off day and does not expect to miss time with the injury.
Kiermaier was removed from Sunday's game against the Blue Jays with neck spasms, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Kiermaier was lifted for a pinch hitter during the fifth inning after going 0-for-2 with a run scored. The severity of the injury remains unclear, but the 29-year-old will have Monday's scheduled off day to aid in his recovery before potentially missing more time.
Kiermaier isn't in the starting lineup for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Kiermaier will head to the bench with a lefty slated to toe the rubber for the opposition. Guillermo Heredia is set to man center field and bat leadoff.
Kiermaier is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Kiermaier returned from a four-game absence due to bruised ribs and started in center field in the final two contests of the weekend series with Cleveland, going 1-for-6 with a pair of walks between the games. Though the Rays are facing a right-hander (Asher Wojciechowski) in the series opener with Baltimore, the lefty-hitting Kiermaier will take a seat in what likely amounts to a maintenance day coming off the recent injury. Avisail Garcia will spell Kiermaier in center field.
Kiermaier (ribs) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his return against the Indians on Saturday.
Kiermaier started in center field after missing the prior four games due to his ribs bruise. The 29-year-old's hitless finish to the month was somewhat fitting, considering he managed just a .197 average during August despite racking up five multi-hit efforts.
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