"BREAKING: Rays Kiermaier needs surgery, could miss up to 13 weeks" - Marc Topkin
2018 hasn't been kind to the Tampa Bay Rays. A season consistent of trades, DFA's and multiple Tommy Johns can now be extended to injuries after it was confirmed Kevin Kiermaier will miss 10-13 weeks after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb after sliding into second base when running out an RBI double in Sunday's game against the Phillies.
Something rather perverse about the injury is that the return date would likely be just before the trade deadline. With Kiermaier now on the shelf for the foreseeable future, the chances of the Rays now trading the new face of their franchise are considerably less. With Kiermaier under contract until 2023 for just over $50m, their will be renewed optimism that the Outlaw will continue to be a huge part of the Rays plans moving forward. If anything else Kiermaier's injury will allow for some Major league experience for some of the prospects within the Rays very exciting farm system.
Kiermaier was originally drafted by the Rays in the 31st round of the 2010 Major League draft. Having spent 2013 in AA and AAA ball, Kiermaier quickly established a reputation as one of the games premier defensive prospects. He would later make his Major League debut in a tiebreaker against the Texas Rangers in the 2013 season as a defensive replacement. Since 2014, the Rays centre-fielder now nicknamed the outlaw has spent 3 full seasons with the Rays winning back to back Gold Gloves (2015 & 2016).