Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, left, has his hand looked at by team trainer Joe Bench, center, and manager Kevin Cash, right, after injuring it while sliding into second base during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Rays' Kiermaier will miss 2 to 3 months with thumb injury

April 16, 2018 - 2:13 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has a torn ligament in his right thumb that requires surgery and could be sidelined for two to three months.

The Rays placed the defensive whiz on the 10-day disabled list Monday, a day after he was injured sliding head-first into second base during a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The club said surgery will be scheduled "in the coming days."

This will be the third straight season the 27-year-old, two-time Gold Glove winner will miss significant time because of injury.

Kiermaier, who's batting .163 with one RBI this year, missed 48 games after breaking his left wrist diving for a ball in 2016. Last season, he fractured his right hip sliding feet-first into first base and was sidelined for 61 games.

Right-handed pitcher Chih-Wei Hu was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill Kiermaier's spot on the roster.

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