Tampa Bay Rays get sigh of relief with Kevin Kiermaier

Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Rays caught a break, as Kevin Kiermaier’s wrist injury could have been much worse than it was.

Tampa Bay Rays Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has continued to play great defense in the postseason.

In game three of the ALDS, Kiermaier made two key defensive plays. In the first inning, he robbed Alex Bregman of a hit.

Kiermaier made a leaping catch on the warning track in center. The ball would not have cleared the outfield wall, but he robbed Bregman of extra bases.

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Later in the game, Kiermaier made a diving play on a line drive off the bat of Carlos Correa.

There were runners on first and second with two outs, and would have scored the runner on second had Kiermaier not made a diving effort. The

Astros would have extended their lead to 2-0 in the third inning.

Later in the top of the sixth inning, where the Rays scored five runs, Kiermaier was hit by a fastball up and in.

The flame throwing Enoli Paredes threw an 0-2 fastball which hit Kiermaier’s left hand. It was a scary sight watching in slow motion. 99 MPH to the hand is not easy to shake off.

Kiermaier stayed in the game to run, but would exit in the bottom of the sixth inning to get his hand checked on, but fortunately, is going to be fine.

It is great news for the Rays that he is day-to-day.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are up 3-0 against the Astros so Kiermaier may not be rushed to return. They may be looking to have him back for what seems most likely for the Rays, the World Series.