"He got me good," said Kiermaier, who said he could still throw the ball, but that when he went up to the batting cage to try and swing, he felt a lot of pain. "At that point on, I said, 'I can play one more inning of defense, but you're going to have to get someone else loose.'"
Sunday in Toronto, Chris Archer threw a pitch behind Jose Bautista, which caused an uproar. Kiermaier was asked if he thought he'd been on the receiving end of a carryover from Sunday.
"I have no idea, I can't speak for him," said Kiermaier, who explained he watched the video of the moment. "I know he's kind of effectively wild at times, but when [Blue Jays catcher] Russell Martin set up outside and he misses three feet inside, who knows? Maybe it just got away from him. But at the same time, up and in, [ticked] off about it.
"[He] squared me up with a heater. [It hit a] terrible spot on my hand. So that really bothers me. Who knows what his thought process is or anything, but any time you miss up and in, I think us batters, no matter what the situation, you have a reason to be mad about it."
Further frustration for Kiermaier came in the fact that he just seemed to be breaking out of a recent hitting slump.
"I feel really good at the plate," Kiermaier said. "Felt good in both my at-bats tonight. Just see how it feels tomorrow, I guess. But it definitely stinks coming out of games."
Liriano's line showed five walks in 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander did not specifically address hitting Kiermaier, but he did express frustration with his control.
"I couldn't throw a strike," Liriano said. "Couldn't find my spot, couldn't find a rhythm. Nothing was working, it was just one of those days."