Kiermaier to have surgery, expected to miss 8-12 weeks

American League-worst Rays will be without Kevin Kiermaier for at least two months

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This will be the third consecutive season Kiermaier, an aggressive player by nature, will miss significant amounts of time due to an injury. Right-hander Chih-Wei Hu has been recalled from Triple-A Durham to take Kiermaier's spot on the active roster for now. He underwent an MRI this morning that revealed the tear, and a formal announcement is expected from the team later this afternoon, according to Topkin.

Given the Rays' miserable start to the 2018 campaign and now the lost of perhaps their best all-around player, trade rumblings surrounding their more established players figure to crop up earlier in the year than usual.

Kiermaier fractured his left hand while making a diving catch against the Detroit Tigers in May 2016 that caused him to miss a big chunk of the season.

Kiermaier, much like the Rays (3-12), was struggling through the start of the season batting.163 with one RBI.

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"It's beyond frustrating", Cash said. "We are all exhausted of [Kiermaier] getting hurt and there's nothing he can do about". He goes about his business as hard as anyone in the game. The guy bobbles the ball.

Rookie Johnny Field, who made his Major League Baseball debut on Saturday stepped in for Kiermaier on Sunday.

Another option could be to play Mallex Smith in center. Another option would be to call up prospect Jake Bauers, though he is primarily a first baseman and has not gotten off to a good start. Rob Refsnyder is serving as the DH and hitting seventh against Martin Perez.

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