Kiermaier, Forsythe banged up, but will avoid DL

April 16th, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG -- What could have been a disaster for the Rays turned into a blessing, as the violent collision between Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and second baseman Logan Forsythe on Friday won't result in any major injuries or trips to the disabled list.

"They came in feeling better than probably even we anticipated, so that's good to see," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Both Kiermaier and Forsythe were out of the starting lineup Saturday vs. the White Sox, but they could be used in the late innings if needed. Cash is hopeful both will be back as starters Sunday.

"We would like to see them tomorrow playing. We will continue to monitor the situation," Cash said. "I feel confident if we need them, we will get them out there tonight."

The two collided in the fourth inning chasing a fly ball in Friday's game against the White Sox, leaving Kiermaier with a head contusion. He then underwent the normal tests for a concussion.

"I did all the concussion protocol and passed with flying colors," Kiermaier said. "I feel as regular as can be.

"I felt pretty good waking up this morning, and moving around has made me feel a lot better. I'm glad we're both available today, it could have been a lot worse."

It was the first Major League collision for Kiermaier, who received his Platinum and Gold Glove Awards in a pregame ceremony, but it was also a scary moment for Forsythe, who felt fortunate to only wake up with a bruised left leg and hip.

"My first thought was making sure he was all right and the trainers got out there," Forsythe said. "It seemed he knew where he was, [which] made me feel a little bit better.

"I'm available tonight and tomorrow is a strong consideration, nothing is written in ink yet."

Tim Beckham started in place of Forsythe at second base, while Brandon Guyer stepped in for Kiermaier in center.