Notebook: Rays CF Kiermaier (thumb) out 2-3 months

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier will miss up to three months with a torn ligament in his right thumb that requires surgery.

Kiermaier was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday, and the Rays announced he could be sidelined until July recovering from his latest injury. Mallex Smith and Carlos Gomez are candidates to see time in center field until Kiermaier is ready to return.

Kiermaier injured his thumb sliding headfirst into second base in the first inning of the Rays’ 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. As he dove into second base, his hand was caught on the ground, and he said his thumb “went in a weird angle.”

The team took X-rays on Sunday and found no broken bones, but an MRI exam on Monday revealed Kiermaier has a torn ligament. The 27-year-old has hit .163 (7-for-43) in 12 games this season.

–Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Josh Harrison will be sidelined at least six weeks after being diagnosed with a broken left hand, the team announced.

Harrison suffered the injury when struck on the hand by a 96 mph offering from Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena during Sunday’s contest. Harrison, 30, is batting .263 with one home run, five RBIs and 12 runs scored this season.

It is the second time in seven months that Harrison broke the hand when plunked by a pitch; he suffered a season-ending broken hand last year when hit by Cincinnati’s Tyler Mahle on Sept. 2.

–The St. Louis Cardinals activated right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson and infielder Jedd Gyorko from the disabled list.

Gregerson was sidelined with a left hamstring injury, while Gyorko was out with a right hamstring strain.

The Cardinals previously optioned right-hander Mike Mayers and infielder Yairo Munoz to Triple-A Memphis following Sunday’s game to create the roster openings.

–First baseman Anthony Rizzo will be activated from the 10-day disabled list and in the lineup when the Chicago Cubs open a series against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Rizzo was placed on the DL last week with back discomfort, a malady he blamed on subpar sleeping conditions at the team hotel in Cincinnati. Rizzo vowed to sleep on the floor for future road trips to Cincinnati.

“He looks fine,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I try to trust the guys. I do trust the guys. I ask them questions. When the guys are honest with you, it makes the decision-making so much easier. Mind reading is really difficult.”

–The Toronto Blue Jays postponed their game against the Kansas City Royals after falling ice from the CN Tower damaged the roof of Rogers Centre, the team announced.

The Blue Jays announced earlier that they were working with officials from the CN Tower and Toronto Police to assess the conditions around the stadium and the viability of playing the game. They later added that they were working to repair damage to the roof caused by falling ice.

Images on Twitter showed a hole in the roof over right field, along with tarps set up on the field to catch dripping water. The game was officially called off about one hour and 30 minutes before its scheduled start. It will be made up on Tuesday as part of a traditional doubleheader, beginning at 3:07 p.m. ET.

–New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury hasn’t been able to fully resume baseball activities due to a bout with plantar fasciitis.

Ellsbury began the season on the disabled list after being sidelined with an oblique injury for much of spring training and later suffered a hip injury during his rehabilitation. The 34-year-old received a cortisone shot in his hip last Tuesday and was expected to resume baseball activities last Friday.

Boone said that Ellsbury’s oblique injury has “passed.” The outfielder is recovering at the Yankees’ facility in Tampa, Fla.

–Jace Peterson is back with the Yankees.

A week after being designated for assignment by the team and electing free agency over an outright assignment to Triple-A, the veteran utility man re-signed with New York on a major league contract.

The 27-year-old had three hits in nine at-bats in his previous stint with the Yankees. Overall, Peterson, a five-year major league veteran, is a .234 career hitter with 15 home runs and 98 RBIs.

–The Washington Nationals added right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to their roster ahead of his start against the New York Mets.

Hellickson, who turned 31 last week, joined the Nationals late in spring training on a minor league deal. He’ll replace A.J. Cole, who has given up 12 runs on 13 hits across nine innings in two starts this season, in the rotation.

Hellickson posted a 5.43 ERA in 30 starts between the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles last season. He was dealt to Baltimore in July and struggled in his 10 outings with the club, sporting a 6.97 ERA and 2-6 record.

–Two future doubleheaders are on tap for the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox after each of the last three contests of their four-game series this past weekend were postponed due to a snowstorm.

The Twins announced makeup dates for the three games. The first postponed game (Friday) will be played as part of a straight doubleheader on Tuesday, June 5, and begin 30 minutes after the day’s 4:10 p.m. ET originally scheduled contest. The two teams will recognize Sunday’s Jackie Robinson Day during the first game of the doubleheader.

The second postponed game (Saturday) will be played as the first part of a split doubleheader on Friday, Sept. 28. The second game will remain at 8:10 p.m. ET as scheduled, with the makeup game added at 2:10 p.m. ET. The final postponed game (Sunday) will be played Monday, Aug. 20, which was originally a day off for both teams.

–Field Level Media

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