Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier didn’t exactly have a great week last week, botching a couple of ground balls to the outfield that turned into inside-the-park home runs. He made up for that somewhat on Wednesday afternoon against the Indians, robbing Jason Kipnis of a solo home run to center field to end the game in a 7-4 victory for his Rays.
At the plate, Kiermaier went 1-for-5. He’s hitting .229/.320/.331 with three home runs, 11 RBI, and 21 runs scored on the season.
Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.
Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.
Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.