Toronto Blue Jays centre-fielder Kevin Kiermaier is just not in Friday’s beginning lineup towards the Minnesota Twins after struggling a left wrist contusion throughout Thursday evening’s 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros.
Kiermaier is at the moment listed as day-to-day, although supervisor John Schneider revealed pre-game that he can be out there as a pinch runner or defensive alternative if the state of affairs arises.
Kevin Kiermaier (wrist) day after day. Accessible off the bench. Extra prone to pinch run or discipline that hit, it seems.
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) June 9, 2023
The 33-year-old took a 95.6 m.p.h. sinker off his left wrist from Houston Astros left-hander Framber Valdez throughout his solely at-bat within the second inning. He tried to remain within the recreation initially, however after taking part in the sphere within the high half, the left-handed outfielder was eliminated rather than Daulton Varsho.
Afterwards, the Blue Jays centre-fielder was despatched for precautionary X-rays, which returned destructive.
UPDATE: OF Kevin Kiermaier was faraway from tonight’s recreation with a left wrist contusion.
He underwent precautionary X-rays which got here again destructive for a fracture.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 9, 2023
Kiermaier, who signed a one-year deal price $9 million over the low season, has been large in his first season with the Blue Jays – each offensively and defensively. He’s hitting .296/.358/.481 with 4 dwelling runs, 16 RBIs, a .362 wOBA and a 134 wRC+ over 52 video games, price 1.8 fWAR.
In centre discipline, the three-time Gold Glove Award winner has logged 421 innings, rating tied with Varsho and Ramón Laureano for essentially the most DRS (+10) amongst big-league outfielders. The 6-foot-1 centre-fielder additionally ranks within the a hundredth percentile in OAA (+7), outfielder’s leap (3.1 ft vs league AVG) and 98th in common arm energy (93.8 m.p.h.).
George Springer (relaxation) additionally isn’t beginning for the Blue Jays on Friday, shifting Varsho to centre, with Whit Merrifield (left) and Cavan Biggio (proper) taking part in the corners.