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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.

Robinson Canó benched for lack of hustle

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Mets second baseman Robinson Canó is not in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the division rival Nationals. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, it’s punishment for failing to run hard on a pair of double plays over the weekend against the Marlins.

Manager Mickey Callaway said, “He understands that it’s unacceptable to not run balls out. He understands that he needs to do that at all times.”

Canó first gaffe came in the top of the seventh inning on Friday, with his team trailing 7-3. Facing Adam Conley, Canó hit a grounder back to the pitcher, who turned a 1-6-3 double play. Canó was only halfway up the first base line when the throw got to first base.

In the fourth inning on Sunday, with the game still scoreless, Canó tapped a Sandy Alcantara pitch in the dirt. Thinking it was foul, Canó didn’t run, but catcher Chad Wallach charged and grabbed the ball while it was still in fair territory. He threw to second base for the force out and then the ball was easily whipped to first base to complete the double play as Canó still thought it was foul.

This likely wouldn’t be as big a deal as it currently is if Canó were actually producing at the plate and if the Mets weren’t in a freefall. Canó has a .245/.293/.374 batting line on the season. Meanwhile, the Mets are 20-25 and riding a five-game losing streak which includes having been shut out in each of their last two games.