Kiermaier Dealing With Foot Since April
On April 8th in Boston, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier fouled a ball off his right foot resulting in a deep bone contusion. “It’s crazy that this is still a thing. I’ve been dealing with it even through my recovery, recovering from my thumb, my foot just hasn’t felt the same.” Kiermaier said. “Some days I don’t feel it and there’s other days where I feel it a lot.”
He was told by the medical staff that the foot pain would persist through the season, but Kiermaier didn’t buy it. Especially after being on the 60-day. “If I’m just sitting on my butt all day or riding a bike, trying to stay in shape in that regard, then I’ll be just fine.” He said. “But when I started my when I started my rehab assignment I was like, ‘man this thing is still here.'”
Yesterday after the fourth inning Kiermaier had to swallow his pride and remove himself from the game. To his admission, 2018 has been a frustrating year for him.
He got a MRI on Saturday morning and thankfully there isn’t a break in his foot. He received a cortisone shot and hopes to be ready to play by Monday evening. To shore up the outfield, the Tampa Bay Rays called up Justin Williams from Triple-A Durham.
Williams, 22, was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks along with Andrew Velasquez (more here) in exchange for Jeremy Hellickson in November 2014. This season with the Durham Bulls he’s hitting .267/.323/.392 with eight homers and 45 runs driven in. Williams is ranked as the Rays 8th best prospect by MLB.com.
His stay will more than likely be a short one. As soon as Kiermaier is healthy enough to return, it’s likely Williams returns to Durham.
Hoby Milner was optioned to make room for Williams on the 25-man roster.