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Kiermaier sits with bone bruise in foot

Weber arrives to add bullpen depth; Cash hopeful Miller will return after 10 days
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CHICAGO -- Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was out of the lineup vs. the White Sox on Monday due to a bone bruise on his right foot.

The Rays center fielder was hobbled after fouling a ball off his right foot in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. Monday morning X-rays were negative, but Kiermaier was wearing a boot on his right foot when he spoke to reporters.

CHICAGO -- Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was out of the lineup vs. the White Sox on Monday due to a bone bruise on his right foot.

The Rays center fielder was hobbled after fouling a ball off his right foot in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. Monday morning X-rays were negative, but Kiermaier was wearing a boot on his right foot when he spoke to reporters.

"All the right treatment, and rest, and I'll be back out there as soon as possible," Kiermaier said. "I definitely dodged a bullet with this one, because like I said, I'm way too familiar with breaking bones the last couple of years.

"That's one thing I'm glad that's not the case. Now it's just about coming back and putting weight on it, and walk normal. Go from there. This was one of those things; it will go quickly. I'm just hoping it will go sooner than later."

Rays manager Kevin Cash called it challenging not having Kiermaier available to play.

"Because he's such a big part of us offensively, defensively," Cash said. "Hopefully it's a day-to-day thing."

Weber arrives
When infielder Brad Miller went on the disabled list after Sunday's game, the Rays selected right-hander Ryan Weber from Triple-A Durham, making him the team's first roster move of the regular season.

"He's going to provide length," Cash said. "The way our bullpen's been used the past couple of days, we need somebody who can provide length. He's built up to 85-100 pitches."

Once Weber enters a game for the Rays, he'll join Doug Waechter and Casey Kotchman as the only players in franchise history who were born in St. Petersburg.

Tweet from @RaysBaseball: We've placed INF Brad Miller on the 10-day DL (left groin strain).RH Ryan Weber has been selected to the roster from Triple-A Durham. He will become the third St. Petersburg-born player in Rays history. pic.twitter.com/NINRy6uWgy

Weber said he was supposed to pitch Monday for Durham. From the looks of things, his stay with the team could be a short one, because it's likely that once he's used the Rays will send him back down. Weber understands the situation.

"Just by looking at the way the bullpen's been used, I could go out and throw four innings or whatever, then go back down," Weber said. "I just want to go out there and get outs. I can't think about, 'Oh, I might be going down.'"

Weber was asked about the dialogue among the Durham pitchers regarding the Rays' bullpen's use.

"Little different," he said. "Because those guys that are pitching, it's their first year in the bullpen. So you're really rooting for those guys. It's tough that they're not in an actual starting routine. But at the same time, it is what it is, and those guys are making the best of it. ... They're doing a really good job out there without having a set routine, starting games and then going and pitching out of the bullpen. They're doing a great job."

Roster situation
With Kiermaier sidelined and Miller going on the 10-day DL, the Rays have just two available position players on their bench.

Cash allowed that he's comfortable with the situation "for the time being for where we're at."

"We have to prioritize where we're at with the bullpen and the workload that just took place in Boston," Cash said. "I think we're going to make an adjustment here soon, but we had to buy a day to clean up the bullpen, where guys got freshened up a little bit."

As for Miller, Cash sounded optimistic that 10 days on the DL will be enough.

"I do think it's different than the injury he sustained in Spring Training," Cash said. "It's more of your traditional groin strain. But we're not going to risk him to where he can tear something."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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