Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays' Kevin Kiermaier sprains thumb

Rays Kiermaier to have surgery, miss about 12 weeks

UPDATE, 6:14: Kiermaier will have the surgery done Friday by Dr. Doug Carlan in St. Petersburg, the third surgery with him - right hamate bone in 2012, left wrist in 2016. Last season, he fractured his right hip sliding feet first into first base and was out 61 games.

"It's just another freak accident".

The Rays announced Monday that the center fielder underwent an MRI that revealed a torn ligament in his right thumb. "I can't believe I'm saying this for a third year in a row now", he said Sunday (via the Tampa Bay Times).

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Now without Kiermaier patrolling center, Tampa could give rookie Johnny Field the job or shift Carlos Gomez from right field to a spot where he's made 1,030 career starts.

The Rays have recalled right-hander Chih-Wei Hu from Durham to take Kiermaier's place on the active roster.

"We're going to do things to stay positive, continue working", Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We are all exhausted of [Kiermaier] getting hurt and there's nothing he can do about". Tampa Bay may be without Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi, who left Game 2 with injuries, and may face a new goaltender for the Devils, Rick Stroud says in today's podcast. He goes about his business as hard as anyone in the game. The center fielder was sliding into second base when it happened and could be seen immediately getting up and shaking his hand out after. "There's a chance he's going to miss a chunk".

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