Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier (left hand) to have surgery

Monday May 23rd, 2016

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Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier will have left hand surgery on Tuesday, the team announced.

He is expected to miss 8–10 weeks with the injury.

The 26-year-old left Saturday’s game against the Tigers in the fifth inning after fracturing two bones in his hand while attempting to make a diving catch. When Kiermaier dove forward for a James McCann flyball, his glove became caught in the grass, bending his hand backward and leaving him writhing around in pain.

In his third season with the Rays, Kiermaier is batting .236 with five home runs and 16 RBIs. He won a Gold Glove Award in 2015, as well as the Platinum Glove Award as the top defensive player in the American League.

CORCORAN: Kevin Kiermaier injury another hit to Rays

In his MLB career, Kiermaier is a .260 hitter with 25 home runs and 91 RBIs.

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