Rays Infirmary Report: Kiermaeir Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Kiermaier Still Has To Get To End Of Tunnel

He’s hitting, he’s running and everything feels great right now. The he is Kevin Kiermaier who is close to returning from a torn ligament in his right thumb. “I can see light at the end of the tunnel, I still have to get to the end of that tunnel” Kiermaier said. “I’m very happy, I’m a little bit ahead of schedule right now. Life is good and I’m very happy to put on a uniform again here within the next week and start my rehab assignment.”

Kiermaier has been out of the Rays lineup since April 16th (More Here) with a torn ligament in his right thumb. He has missed 46 games and the Rays are 26-20 in his absence. He is elgible to come off the disabled list on June 15th.

Hitting is more of a concern as he prepares for his rehab. “There’s calcification right where the surgery happened.” He said. “It’s like the growth of the bone. It looks like there’s a ball in my thumb. A half a ball, I guess you could say. When the bat presses against that, there was pressure the first day, but we do a pad just to relieve a little bit of the friction or pressure. I feel great, I’m swinging 100-percent.”

Other Rays Injury Notes:

Adeiny Hechavarria is on the 10-day DL with a right hamstring strain since May 19th (retroactive to May 18th).  He was eligible to return on May 28th and appears to be close to a rehab assignment.  He has missed 19 games and the Rays are 8-11 in those games.

Jake Faria was transferred to the 60-day disabled list with his left oblique strain. He is not eligible to come off the disable list until July 22nd.

Jose Mujica is currently on the Triple-A minor league disabled list with a strained right forearm. He joins teammate Joe McCarthy who is on the Bulls’ DL with a lower back strain.

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