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Rays place Kevin Kiermaier on 10-day injured list

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Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is headed to the 10-day injured list with a left thumb sprain, the team announced Sunday. It’s not clear how long Kiermaier will be sidelined, but it looks like he avoided fractures and serious ligament damage, so he’s not expected to undergo major surgery and could return to the field within the next 10-15 days if all goes well.

Kiermaier sustained the injury in the eighth inning of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the White Sox, jamming his thumb on an abrupt slide into first base. After a quick examination, he was brought out of the game and replaced by pinch-runner Michael Brosseau, who was subsequently left stranded as the next three batters grounded out to end the inning.

Through Saturday’s loss, the former Gold Glove Award winner is batting .248/.294/.425 with 10 home runs, 17 stolen bases (in 20 chances), and a .719 OPS through 338 plate appearances. This will be his first IL stint of the season.

With Kiermaier on the shelf, the Rays recalled outfielder Guillermo Heredia from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding roster move. Heredia should see a fair number of starts in center field over the next two weeks, though he’s left something to be desired at the plate: over his first 58 games of the season, he slashed an underwhelming .227/.306/.333 with 10 extra-base hits and a .639 OPS.

Red Sox want to trade Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are actively trying to trade outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. In fact, the Mets were discussing such a trade with the Mets before they ultimately acquired Jake Marisnick from the Astros last week.

The Red Sox have made it no secret that they plan to reduce payroll. They’re currently above $218 million, about $10 million above the competitive balance tax threshold. Bradley is projected to earn $11.5 million in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.

While Bradley continued to play above-average defense, his offense has left a bit to be desired. He has an aggregate adjusted OPS of 90 over the past three seasons (100 is average), matching his mark of 90 in 2019 specifically. Bradley hit .225/.317/.421 with 21 home runs, 62 RBI, and 69 runs scored in 567 plate appearances.

Since an acquiring team would likely be on the hook for most or all of Bradley’s salary, the Red Sox wouldn’t get much in return in a trade. With the Mets out of the picture, the Cubs and Diamondbacks are a couple of teams that could match up with the Red Sox on a trade involving Bradley.