Tampa Bay Rays OF Kevin Kiermaier says hip injury might end his regular season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays midfielder Kevin Kiermaier admits he could miss the rest of the regular season with a left hip injury after being moved to the 60-day injured list on Saturday.

Kiermaier, a Gold Glove Caliber outfielder, has not played since July 9th. He’s hitting .228 in 63 games this year with 7 home runs, 22 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.

“Yes, it is [tough to grasp],” said Kiermaier. “It hasn’t really hit me yet. …Right now I’m kind of in that in-between phase, but I think we’ll all know more here shortly.

He could return from the IL in September at the earliest. Kiermaier is said to be seeing a specialist in Nashville after the All-Star break. A surgical intervention is not excluded.

“We just have to keep everything under wraps until a decision is made and then we’ll go from there,” Kiermaier said.

Kiermaier’s move cleared a roster spot for second baseman Brandon Lowe, who was reinstated from the 60-Day IL after being out since mid-May with a lower back injury.

“I won’t be coming back anytime soon, so that was the step that had to be taken and I totally understand that, agree with that,” said Kiermaier.

Lowe, who had 39 homers and 99 RBIs last year, hit .212 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 32 games this year before going to the IL.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34253636/tampa-bay-rays-kevin-kiermaier-says-hip-injury-end-regular-season Tampa Bay Rays OF Kevin Kiermaier says hip injury might end his regular season

Emma Bowman

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