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.