Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier will undergo hand surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Topkin adds that team specialist Dr. Doug Carlan will perform the procedure. Kiermaier suffered two broken metacarpal bones on Saturday, attempting to rob Tigers catcher James McCann of a hit.
It’s a big loss for the Rays. Kiermaier is one of the top three best defensive center fielders in the game and was hitting a solid .236/.307/.447 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 137 plate appearances.
Mikie Mahtook is starting in center field on Monday night against the Marlins. He and Desmond Jennings will share time in center field while Kiermaier is out.