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Kevin Kiermaier exits game with sprained thumb

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Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Sunday’s game with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement. In the bottom of the first inning, Kiermaier lashed a single off of Phillies right-hander Ben Lively and tried to advance when Rhys Hoskins missed a routine pop-up in shallow left field and bobbled the throw to second base. He slid headfirst into second base and appeared to jam his right thumb in the process, prompting an evaluation by a trainer before making his exit in the top of the third.

While the severity of Kiermaier’s injury is not yet known, he’s considered day-to-day and will undergo further evaluation on Monday. The 27-year-old center fielder entered Sunday’s contest with a .143/.234/.214 batting line and two extra-base hits through his first 47 plate appearances this season.

The Rays currently trail the Phillies 5-3 in the seventh inning.

Angels release Matt Harvey

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Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.

Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.

Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.