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Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: KEVIN KIERMAIER DOWN 8-12 WEEKS WITH TORN THUMB LIGAMENT

                                                                  

It is amazing how bad both the injury luck has been for Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier during his still-young career and it is equally amazing how an problem with the thumb of all things can completely derail a guy's season.  Those two issues converged on Kiermaier Monday when it was learned he suffered a torn thumb ligament this past weekend and surgery to correct will keep him out the next 8-12 weeks.  While he was off to a slow start at the dish (.163 with 0 homers and 1 steal), Kiermaier was once again a nicely priced outfield item who went 10/18, 12/21, and 15/16 in the HR/SB columns the last three seasons.  Given the news of the day though, Kiermaier is not worth holding in even deeper leagues since the next time we will see him could be sometime around the All-Star break.  Having just once accumulated over 500 at-bats, Kiermaier has fully earned the injury-prone label to say the least.


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