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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
Contract: view contract details

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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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Craig Kimbrel (knee) could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Saturday.

Kimbrel, who is coming back from left knee surgery, threw around 20 pitches off the mound on Monday and is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Wednesday. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Red Sox as soon as next Monday in Seattle. Brad Ziegler will continue to fill in at closer for now.
Jul 25 - 4:39 PM

Craig Kimbrel (knee) threw around 20 pitches off the mound at Fenway Park on Monday.

The workout was observed by Red Sox manager John Farrell, two coaches, two trainers, and two physical therapists. It ended with a round of fist-bumps, which is usually a positive sign. Kimbrel will throw off a mound again Wednesday and could then be cleared to face live hitters. He is on track to return to the Boston bullpen early next week in Seattle. Brad Ziegler is currently filling in at closer.
Jul 25 - 3:02 PM

Craig Kimbrel (knee) played catch without any issues on Sunday and is expected to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

If that goes well, he'll repeat the process on Wednesday. Assuming all goes well with both bullpens, Kimbrel will progress to either a minor league rehab assignment or a simulated game. He's on track to return to the Red Sox bullpen in early August.
Source: Boston Globe
Jul 24 - 10:12 PM

Craig Kimbrel (knee) could begin a minor league rehab assignment late next week.

Kimbrel is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday or Monday and he'll do the same on Wednesday. If that all goes well, the next step may be a minor league game. "That could be done at (Triple-A) Pawtucket," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday. "We could be looking at an appearance at Pawtucket. We're not scripting it out past Wednesday, because we could go one of two ways here." Brad Ziegler is filling in at closer for the Red Sox with Koji Uehara (pectoral) possibly done for the year.
Jul 23 - 5:10 PM

Craig Kimbrel (knee) played catch on flat ground Wednesday.

Kimbrel underwent a left knee arthroscopy and a partial medial meniscectomy just before the All-Star Game. At the time of the procedure, it was thought he would miss 3-6 weeks, which would put him in line to return in early to mid-August. Brad Ziegler will close in his absence.
Jul 20 - 6:13 PM

Craig Kimbrel underwent a left knee arthroscopy and partial medial meniscectomy on Monday.

Kimbrel is expected to miss 3-6 weeks, so he's looking at a return at some point in August. Koji Uehara is expected to function as the primary closer for Boston during his absence, but the recently-acquired Brad Ziegler could also get some chances.
Jul 11 - 5:59 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Craig Kimbrel on the 15-day disabled list with a medial meniscus tear in his left knee.

Well, that explains the urgency to acquire Brad Ziegler on Friday night. Kimbrel will undergo surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for 3-to-6 weeks. Ziegler will be the man to own for saves in the Red Sox bullpen while he is sidelined.
Jul 9 - 1:36 PM

Craig Kimbrel was unavailable on Friday due to soreness in his left knee.

The issue cropped up on him pregame. He underwent an MRI on Friday, the results of which the Red Sox will get on Saturday. If he's forced to miss any time, Koji Uehara seems the most likely candidate to work in his stead in the ninth inning.
Jul 8 - 10:55 PM

Craig Kimbrel worked around some trouble to pitch a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Friday for his 17th save of the season.

He escaped by the skin of his teeth. Holding a one-run lead, Kimbrel walked Mike Trout to begin the top of the ninth inning before retiring the next two batters. He was then bailed out when Daniel Nava hit a drive down the right-field line which went into the stands for a ground-rule double and kept Trout at third base. Kimbrel was able to get C.J. Cron to ground out to finish off the victory. The 28-year-old is 17-for-19 in save chances this season to go along with a 2.53 ERA and 48/12 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.
Jul 2 - 12:57 AM

Craig Kimbrel pitched two scoreless innings in a tie game to pick up the win in relief for the Red Sox on Thursday.

It was his first win of the year. It's also just the fourth time in 21 career appearances in which he's come into a tie game and his team has ended up winning. It looked like it would go the other way when he loaded the bases with none out in his second inning of work today, but he was able to get a pop out and two strikeouts to end the frame.
Jun 23 - 6:09 PM

Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save of the season Saturday as the Red Sox bested the Blue Jays.

Kimbrel gave up a single to Russell Martin to open the top of the ninth inning, but Kevin Pillar promptly hit into a double play and Darwin Barney flied out to right field. Kimbrel has a sharp 2.82 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 35/8 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings this season out of the Boston bullpen.
Jun 4 - 7:30 PM

Craig Kimbrel nailed down his 10th save of the season Sunday as the Red Sox topped the Astros.

Kimbrel retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, striking out Tyler White and Carlos Gomez and inducing a lineout from Luis Valbuena. The right-hander has been absolutely dominant for the Red Sox in May and now holds a 2.65 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and 28/8 K/BB ratio over 17 total innings this season.
May 15 - 5:20 PM

Craig Kimbrel slammed the door on the Yankees on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead.

Kimbrel retired all three hitters he faced without issue, recording a pair of strikeouts in the process. He now sports a 3.75 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 21/5 K/BB ratio through 12 innings on the season while successfully converting eight of his first nine save chances.
May 1 - 11:53 PM

Craig Kimbrel threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Yankees on Friday for his seventh save of the season.

Kimbrel needed just 11 pitches to get through the frame and notched one strikeout along the way. The 27-year-old has had a pair of rough outings in the early going, so he still has a 4.09 ERA, but he has struck out 19 batters in 11 innings of work.
Apr 29 - 10:15 PM

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S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
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2Brad Ziegler
3Koji Uehara
4Junichi Tazawa
5Robbie Ross
6Tommy Layne
7Matt Barnes
8Clay Buchholz
9Joe Kelly
10Carson Smith
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