The Rays spent plenty of effort this offseason trying to make sure they’re better positioned than they were last year if Kevin Kiermaier were to pick up an injury and miss time.
So while it’s nice to have Colby Rasmus, Peter Bourjos, and Mallex Smith, it would still be preferable if Kiermaier hadn’t gotten hurt sliding into first base yesterday. Quoted in Bill Chastain’s article:
"I know there was one out, but I feel like I had a good chance of beating Jose Abreu to the bag there," Kiermaier said. "You always see bad things happen when people slide into first base, but I'm just trying to keep the inning alive."
"The thing about it is, when you're running down to first base, I can't run through the bag, or else I'm going to collide with Jose Abreu, who's a big dude," Kiermaier said. "I made the decision to try to slide right there."
Kiermaier was on crutches after the game. He’ll be more fully evaluated today.
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