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Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier Out 8-12 Weeks With Torn Ligament In Thumb

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Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier will miss 8-12 weeks due to impending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

According to MLB.com’s Bill Chastain, Kiermaier will undergo surgery on Friday.

Kiermaier’s injury occurred on Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies following a slide into second base.

“The hand just kind of got caught in the ground,” said Kiermaier. “Thumb went in a weird angle. Just one of those things where I felt like I had the chance to over slide the bag, like I’ve done a couple of times in my career. And I was just trying to hold on.

“I don’t know if that’s what made my thumb go in the angle that it did. I thought I jammed it right from that moment, but I didn’t like the way my thumb felt after that.”

Tampa Bay placed Kiermaier on the 10-day disabled list on Monday before transferring him to the 60-day DL on Tuesday.

“It’s disappointing,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. “We talk daily about how valuable he is to our lineup, to our clubhouse.”

The Rays’ two-time Gold Glove winner in center has battled injuries the last two years, as a right hip fracture in 2016 and fractured left hand in 2017 limited him to a total of just 203 games in those campaigns.

Kiermaier was hitting just .176 (7 for 43) with one RBI this season.

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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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Yandy Diaz

The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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