The Tampa Bay Rays will be without center fielder Kevin Kiermaier for the next eight-to-ten weeks while he recovers from surgery to treat a mild displacement caused by two metacarpal fractures in his left hand.
Kiermaier, the recipient of the 2015 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for American League defenders, suffered the fractures while diving in an attempt to make a catch in the Rays’ 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, May 21.
After the ball popped out of his glove, Kiermaier stood up in obvious pain while holding his left arm. He started toward the dugout and was met by members of the Rays’ training staff and manager Kevin Cash. Desmond Jennings replaced Kiermaier in the ballgame.
Kiermaier was re-evaluated on Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida, where Rays’ hand and wrist specialist Dr. Douglas Carlan discovered bone displacement in Kiermaier’s hand as a result of the fractures that prompts a reconstructive surgery; Dr. Carlan will perform the procedure on Tuesday.
Thank you @RaysBaseball fans for all the support after my injury today. Gonna miss takin the field with these guys everyday. I will be back
— Kevin Kiermaier (@KKiermaier39) May 22, 2016
Kiermaier was placed on the disabled list on Monday, and the Rays recalled outfielder Mikie Mahtook from the Triple-A Durham Bulls as their corresponding transaction. Mahtook appeared in 41 games for the Rays in 2015 and batted .295 with nine homers and 19 RBIs. Mahtook set a Rays rookie record on September 18 when he went 5-for-5 with two extra-base hits. During the month of September, Mahtook hit .356.
Mahtook was activated off the disabled list on May 13 after dealing with an oblique injury for the biggest part of a month. Through 20 games with the Durham Bulls this season, Mahtook hit .333 and drove in five runs.
Kiermaier hit .236 through 38 games with the Rays prior to breaking his hand. In those games, Kiermaier recorded sixteen RBIs, stole a team-high six bases, and managed a range factor of 2.34.