UPDATE, 12:05: Kiermaier will have surgery for a torn ligament in his right thumb and is expected to miss 8-12 weeks, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.
This will be the third consecutive season Kiermaier, an aggressive player by nature, will miss significant amounts of time due to an injury. The center fielder was sliding into second base when it happened and could be seen immediately getting up and shaking his hand out after. "Hearing those words that I'll out for months at a time is really hard to take right now".
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In 2016, he broke his left wrist diving for a ball in Detroit and missed 48 games, during which the Rays struggled immensely, going 14-34. His luck wasn't much better in 2017 as he suffered a hairline fracture in his hip while sliding into first base feet-first.
Tampa Bay is off to tough start, entering Monday with a 3-12 record.
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At the time, he said: "Certainly I will go overseas ". I would have defended the referee. There are always kids listening.
Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated the injury could keep Kiermaier out for a "chunk" of the season. "We are all exhausted of [Kiermaier] getting hurt and there's nothing he can do about. We've got to rally around that and pick each other up". Tampa Bay may be without Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi, who left Game 2 with injuries, and may face a new goaltender for the Devils, Rick Stroud says in today's podcast.
Right-handed pitcher Chih-Wei Hu was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill Kiermaier's spot on the roster.
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Matthews, who had 63 points in 62 regular season games, finished off a nice pass from William Nylander to give his team the lead. Marleau beat Rask on a 2-on-1 rush with 3:35 left in the third period that ended Boston's hopes of pulling off a comeback.