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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wallace State CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (0) / ATL
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Craig Kimbrel struck out two Orioles in a perfect ninth inning Thursday, earning his 29th save of the year.
Kimbrel drew the bottom third of the Orioles order and made quick work of it, fanning J.J. Hardy and pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim before getting Matt Wieters to fly out to end it. Kimbrel has now rattled off seven scoreless outings and hasn't allowed an earned run since August 9. The 28-year-old has a 2.52 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 80/24 K/BB ratio over 50 innings to go along with those 29 saves. Sep 23 - 12:08 AM

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Craig Kimbrel pitched around a walk to record his 28th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

On to protect a three-run lead, Kimbrel issued a two-out walk to Pedro Alvarez but got J.J. Hardy to ground into a fielder's choice to end it. He had some ups and downs in the first half, but Kimbrel has been dominant since the All-Star break with just one run and five hits allowed.
Sep 20 - 11:04 PM

Craig Kimbrel notched a two-out save Friday against the Yankees.

Fernando Abad got the ball with a 7-2 lead to begin the ninth inning, but he was eventually pulled after giving up a two-run homer to Billy Butler and hitting Brett Gardner with a pitch. Kimbrel put out the fire to lock down the victory by striking out Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez. The 28-year-old is now up to 26 saves on the year and hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 12 appearances.
Sep 16 - 10:35 PM

Craig Kimbrel tallied his 24th save of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the Rays.

Kimbrel struck out one and needed just 10 total pitches in a flawless top of the ninth inning. The right-hander owns a 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 69/21 K/BB ratio in 44 innings this season as the Red Sox closer.
Aug 31 - 4:55 PM

Craig Kimbrel threw a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Rays to earn his 23rd save.

Kimbrel struck out two in the inning, but he hit Logan Morrison with two outs to bring the winning run to the plate. He got Steven Souza to fly out to end the game, closing out his 23rd save in 25 chances. The right-hander owns a 3.05 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 65/21 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings this year.
Aug 23 - 10:29 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out two in 1 1/3 scoreless innings to collect his 22nd save of the season on Saturday versus the Tigers.

He was called upon to get the last out of the eighth inning with two runners aboard and retired Miguel Cabrera on a line-out to left. He gave up a double to Justin Upton with two outs in the ninth but whiffed Casey McGehee to close out the game. Kimbrel seems to have rounded into form after battling a knee injury. He has a 3.12 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings.
Aug 21 - 1:13 AM

Craig Kimbrel will not be available for Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

This is just a typical day off for Kimbrel after pitching in back-to-back games. Even beyond the recent workload, the flamethrowing reliever is still regaining his strength after undergoing left knee surgery earlier this summer. Should the Red Sox need a closer on Wednesday, they will likely turn to Brad Ziegler.
Aug 17 - 5:44 PM

Craig Kimbrel notched his 21st save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

The Red Sox' bullpen generally had a tough time in this one after Eduardo Rodriguez left with a hamstring injury, but Kimbrel had no problems protecting a two-run lead setting down the O's quickly on nine pitches. The closer has dealt with some knee soreness recently but has three straight scoreless appearances.
Aug 16 - 10:26 PM

Craig Kimbrel earned his 20th save of the season on Monday afternoon against the Indians.

Kimbrel yielded a leadoff double to Francisco Lindor and then walked Mike Napoli, but he struck out Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis before inducing a game-ending infield pop-out from Abraham Almonte. Kimbrel has a 3.32 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 60/21 K/BB ratio in 38 innings this season at the back end of the Boston bullpen.
Aug 15 - 4:14 PM

Craig Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Saturday to earn his 19th save of the season.

Kimbrel walked four batters before being removed from his last save chance, so it was a good return to form for the 28-year-old. He struck out one without allowing a baserunner in the inning of work. It has easily been the worst year of Kimbrel's career -- and even then, a 3.41 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 58/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings is hardly terrible -- but he's converted 19 of 22 save chances and remains entrenched as the Sox closer.
Aug 13 - 11:34 PM

Craig Kimbrel was pulled from a save chance after walking four batters in two-thirds of an inning in a win over the Yankees.

Kimbrel retired two of the first three batters he faced but then walked three straight to force in a run. Matt Barnes relieved him and struck out Mark Teixeira to end it. Kimbrel admitted after the game that he's dealing with a little soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. It doesn't sound like it will send him back to the disabled list, but he could need a few days off. Brad Ziegler is probably the better bet to fill in if Kimbrel needs time off, even after Barnes finished things off Tuesday.
Aug 9 - 11:35 PM

Craig Kimbrel said he has been experiencing soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee.

That's not an uncommon thing four weeks out from the procedure and Kimbrel said it's nothing to be concerned about, but he could be given a few more days off. Matt Barnes earned his first career save Tuesday night against the Yankees. He's not worth grabbing in a standard league because Brad Ziegler would probably be the primary fill-in if Kimbrel needs an extended period of rest.
Aug 9 - 11:23 PM

Making his return from the disabled list, Craig Kimbrel tossed a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Mariners for his 18th save of the season.

Kimbrel struck out three batters in the inning and worked around a two-out walk. Boston's closer required a left knee arthroscopy and a partial medial meniscectomy last month, but managed to make it back in right around three weeks. He's 18-for-20 in save chances to go along with a 3.44 ERA and 53/16 K/BB ratio in 34 innings.
Aug 2 - 10:25 AM

Red Sox activated RHP Craig Kimbrel from the 15-day disabled list.

Kimbrel was expected to miss about 3-6 weeks after undergoing a left knee arthroscopy and a partial medial meniscectomy and he managed to make it back at the low-end of that timetable. The recently-acquire Brad Ziegler will shift back into a set-up role.
Aug 1 - 5:18 PM

Craig Kimbrel (knee) is on track to rejoin the Red Sox on Monday.

Kimbrel will throw one inning in a minor league rehab game Saturday and should be cleared for activation if all goes well in that outing. He has been on the shelf since undergoing a left knee arthroscopy and a partial medial meniscectomy just before the All-Star break. Brad Ziegler is filling in at closer for Boston.
Jul 28 - 1:11 PM

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SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Deven Marrero
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LF1Andrew Benintendi
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CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1David Ortiz
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S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
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Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Brad Ziegler
3Koji Uehara
4Junichi Tazawa
5Fernando Abad
6Robbie Ross
7Matt Barnes
8Clay Buchholz
9Robby Scott
10Joe Kelly
11Heath Hembree
12Noe Ramirez
13Carson Smith
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