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Kiermaier Leaves Sunday's Game After First Inning

ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was removed from Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies after appearing to jam his right thumb sliding in head first to second base after a base hit and error.

Kiermaier delivered the base hit with one out in the bottom of the first against Phillies starter Ben Lively, and when Rhys Hoskins bobbled the ball in left, the Rays center fielder looked to advance an extra base.

Manager Kevin Cash and head athletic trainer Joe Benge came out to look at Kiermaier's hand.  He stayed in to run the bases, scoring on a Mallex Smith triple, but Johnny Field replaced him in center field to begin the second inning.

UPDATE 2:03 p.m.: The Rays say Kiermaier left with a right thumb sprain and is listed as day-to-day.  He will be re-evaluated on Monday.


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