During Tuesday night’s game against the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was drilled in the left-hand by a 99-mph fastball from Enoli Paredes.
Kiermaier stayed in long enough to run the bases, but left the game the following half inning. Upon leaving the game, Kiermaier immediately had his hand X-Rayed to check for a fracture, fortunately the test came back negative and Kiermaier was diagnosed with a left-hand contusion and is considered day-to-day.
Kiermaier is obviously sore, but is relieved it wasn’t more serious. With the Rays taking a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series, he will likely sit out over the next several games.
“My hand is feeling like I got hit by 99 miles per hour right in the wrist. But X-rays are negative, so I’ll take that.”
Prior to leaving the game, Kiermaier made his presence known with a pair of sensational catches. Thus far in the postseason, Kiermaier has seven hits, including four doubles, in 34 trips to the plate.
In his absence the Rays will rely on Manuel Margot in center field and the duo of Yoshi Tsutsugo and Hunter Renfroe should receive more playing time in the outfield. Renfroe certainly made a splash himself in Tuesday’s game with his own pair of brilliant catches.
The Rays will look to punch their second ticket ever to the World Series Wednesday night as they take on the Astros in game four of the ALCS at 8:40 p.m. EST.