Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier tearsrn ligament in right thumb, 2 to 3 months

Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, left, slides around a tag by Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery after hitting a single and taking second during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 15, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kiermaier injured his hand on the play and left the game at the end of the inning. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

- Associated Press
Tuesday, April 17th 2018, 23:41 pm EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has a torn ligament in his right thumb that requires surgery and could be sidelined for two to three months.

The Rays placed the defensive whiz on the 10-day disabled list Monday, a day after he was injured sliding head-first into second base during a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The club said surgery will be scheduled "in the coming days."

This will be the third straight season the 27-year-old, two-time Gold Glove winner will miss significant time because of injury.

Kiermaier, who's batting .163 with one RBI this year, missed 48 games after breaking his left wrist diving for a ball in 2016. Last season, he fractured his right hip sliding feet-first into first base and was sidelined for 61 games.

Right-handed pitcher Chih-Wei Hu was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill Kiermaier's spot on the roster.

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