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.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.