The Rays placed the defensive whiz on the 10-day disabled list Monday, a day after he was injured sliding headfirst into second base during a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. "I harped on this in spring training all year, I said I just want to stay healthy for my teammates and put my talents on display for a full year, and that's in jeopardy right now".
"I kind of expected it", he said. Right-handed reliever Chih-Wei Hu has been called up in his place.
The Rays have been in this position before, each of the last two years actually, waiting for test results but expecting bad news regarding an injury to centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier. An MRI on Monday morning revealed the extent of the injury.
This will be the third straight season the two-time Gold Glove victor will miss significant time because of injury. His luck wasn't much better in 2017 as he suffered a hairline fracture in his hip while sliding into first base feet-first.
"It's beyond frustrating", Cash said. KK going down doesn't help us get out of it. He goes about his business as hard as anyone in the game.
Kiermaier fractured his left hand while making a diving catch against the Detroit Tigers in May 2016 that caused him to miss a big chunk of the season. Busting around to second base. "You'd like to see a little more reward for that than missing significant time, but this is three years running now where there is a chance he's going to miss a chunk".