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.
Hechavarria says he has "no pain" in his legs. He has run the bases, and feels he could start a rehab assignment Monday. Says he would only need a couple of games to be ready to return. #Rays
— Steve Carney (@stevecarney) June 8, 2018
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.