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August 1, 2020 05:12 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Not in lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiermaier won't start Saturday against southpaw Wade LeBlanc and the Orioles.

Kiermaier has now sat for two of the last three games, both against lefties. Manuel Margot again gets the nod in center in his absence.

July 30, 2020 03:36 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Gets day off
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiermaier is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves, Juan Toribio of reports.

Kiermaier will sit for the first time this season as Manuel Margot picks up a start in center field in his stead. Through six games, Kiermaier is 4-for-21 with four RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.

July 29, 2020 12:28 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Another productive day in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiermaier went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.

The defensive-minded outfielder may be starting to heat up at the plate after a slow start, as he's now hit safely in three straight games following an 0-for-7 tally over the Rays' first two contests of the season. Kiermaier has always been a speed threat when getting on base, but he's typically been unable to establish a consistent presence in that regard; the Platinum Glove outfielder came into 2020 with sub-.300 OBPs in back-to-back seasons after topping out in that category with a .338 figure back in 2017.

July 26, 2020 11:48 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Provides game-winning hit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiermaier went 1-for-5 with a triple and two RBI on Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Kiermaier was held quiet until the 10th inning, when he drove a two-RBI triple down the right-field line to give the Rays a walk-off victory. While he was able to be the hero Sunday, Kiermaier has gotten off to a slow start to the campaign, reaching base only once in 12 plate appearances. He'll look to pick it up as the Rays face Atlanta in their next series.

May 28, 2020 03:00 AM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Attends Wednesday workout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 21, 2020 07:32 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Trade candidate in coming seasons?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 19, 2020 01:48 AM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Improvising during shutdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 21, 2020 01:28 AM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Struggles in spring action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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).

February 18, 2020 01:52 AM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Solid early returns with bat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

September 28, 2019 12:00 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Rides pine Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 25, 2019 11:48 AM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Smacks solo homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 18, 2019 04:20 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: On bench Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiermaier is not starting Wednesday against the Dodgers, Juan Toribio of 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.

September 16, 2019 03:08 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Rough weekend in return to action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 14, 2019 05:00 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Back in action Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 13, 2019 05:48 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Remains sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 12, 2019 05:48 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Available off bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 11, 2019 07:16 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Hopes to visit chiropractor
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 11, 2019 04:04 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Out Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 10, 2019 05:48 PM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Absent again Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 9, 2019 01:00 AM
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Expects to return Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiermaier (neck) expects to be in the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers, Juan Toribio of 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.

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Fort Wayne, IN
Tampa Bay Rays

MLB Experience:

2015: AL Gold Glove-CF
2016: AL Gold Glove-CF
2019: AL Gold Glove-CF