Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is set to begin a rehab assignment in A-ball on Saturday.
Kiermaier, who fractured his hip in early June, will DH twice this weekend and then play the field on Tuesday. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Rays in time for next weekend’s series against the Mariners. The same Mariners, it should be noted, with whom the Rays are currently tied for the second Wild Card.
Kiermaier was hitting .258/.329/.408 when he went down. Getting his bat — and, more importantly, his glove — back in the lineup will boost the Rays in their quest for a playoff spot.
The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.
A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.
If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.