Baseball notebook: Rays CF Kiermaier (thumb) out 2-3 months
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier will miss up to three months with a torn ligament in his right thumb that requires surgery.
Kiermaier was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday, and the Rays
announced he could be sidelined until July recovering from his latest injury.
Mallex Smith and Carlos Gomez are candidates to see time in center field until
Kiermaier is ready to return.
Kiermaier injured his thumb sliding headfirst into second base in the first
inning of the Rays' 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. As he
dived into second base, his hand was caught on the ground, and he said his
thumb "went in a weird angle."
The team took X-rays on Sunday and found no broken bones, but an MRI exam on
Monday revealed Kiermaier has a torn ligament. The 27-year-old has hit .163
(7-for-43) in 12 games this season.
--Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Josh Harrison will be sidelined at least six
weeks after being diagnosed with a broken left hand, the team announced.
Harrison sustained the injury when struck on the hand by a 96 mph offering
from Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena on Sunday. Harrison, 30, is batting .263
with one home run, five RBIs and 12 runs this season.
It is the second time in seven months that Harrison broke his left hand when
plunked by a pitch. He was lost for the season last year when hit by
Cincinnati's Tyler Mahle on Sept. 2.
--The St. Louis Cardinals activated right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson and
infielder Jedd Gyorko from the disabled list.
Gregerson was sidelined due to a left hamstring injury, while Gyorko was out
with a right hamstring strain.
The Cardinals previously optioned right-hander Mike Mayers and infielder Yairo
Munoz to Triple-A Memphis following the Sunday game to create the roster
--First baseman Anthony Rizzo will be activated from the 10-day disabled list
and in the lineup when the Chicago Cubs open a series against the Cardinals on
Rizzo was placed on the DL last week with back discomfort, a malady he blamed
on subpar sleeping conditions at the team hotel in Cincinnati. Rizzo vowed to
sleep on the floor for future road trips to Cincinnati.
"He looks fine," manager Joe Maddon said. "I try to trust the guys. I do trust
the guys. I ask them questions. When the guys are honest with you, it makes
the decision-making so much easier. Mind reading is really difficult."
--The Toronto Blue Jays postponed their game against the Kansas City Royals
after falling ice from the CN Tower damaged the roof of Rogers Centre, the
The Blue Jays announced earlier that they were working with officials from the
CN Tower and Toronto Police to assess the conditions around the stadium and
the viability of playing the game. They later added that they were working to
repair damage to the roof caused by falling ice.
Images on Twitter showed a hole in the roof over right field, along with tarps
set up on the field to catch dripping water. The game was officially called
off about 90 minutes before its scheduled start. It will be made up on Tuesday
as part of a traditional doubleheader, beginning at 3:07 p.m. ET.
--New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters injured outfielder
Jacoby Ellsbury hasn't been able to fully resume baseball activities due to a
bout with plantar fasciitis.
Ellsbury began the season on the disabled list after being sidelined with an
oblique injury for much of spring training and later sustained a hip injury
during his rehabilitation. The 34-year-old received a cortisone shot in his
hip last Tuesday and was expected to resume baseball activities last Friday.
Boone said that Ellsbury's oblique injury has "passed." The outfielder is
recovering at the Yankees' facility in Tampa, Fla.
--Jace Peterson is back with the Yankees.
A week after being designated for assignment by the team and electing free
agency over an outright assignment to Triple-A, the veteran utility man
re-signed with New York on a major league contract.
The 27-year-old had three hits in nine at-bats in his previous stint with the
Yankees. Overall, Peterson, a five-year major league veteran, is a .234 career
hitter with 15 home runs and 98 RBIs.
--The Washington Nationals added right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to their
roster ahead of his Monday night start against the New York Mets.
Hellickson, who turned 31 last week, joined the Nationals late in spring
training on a minor league deal. He is replacing A.J. Cole, who has given up
12 runs on 13 hits across nine innings in two starts this season, in the
Hellickson posted a 5.43 ERA in 30 starts between the Philadelphia Phillies
and Baltimore Orioles last season. The Nationals opened a roster spot for him
by optioning right-hander Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse.
--Two future doubleheaders are on tap for the Minnesota Twins and Chicago
White Sox after each of the last three contests of their four-game series were
postponed due to a snowstorm over the weekend.
The first postponed game (Friday) will be played as part of a straight
doubleheader on June 5, to begin 30 minutes after the day's 4:10 p.m. ET
originally scheduled contest. The two teams will recognize Sunday's Jackie
Robinson Day during the first game of the doubleheader.
The second postponed game (Saturday) will be played as the first part of a
split doubleheader on Sept. 28. The second game will remain at 8:10 p.m. ET as
scheduled, with the makeup game added at 2:10 p.m. ET. The final postponed
game (Sunday) will be played Aug. 20, which was originally a day off for both
--Field Level Media