The Boston Red Sox lost Craig Kimbrel their prized closer until sometime during late August or even September due to a bad step, he took during batting practice while he was shagging balls in the outfield.
Kimbrel will have surgery on his knee to repair cartilage on Monday, which will force him to sit out between 3 and 6 weeks. While Kimbrel is out injured, John Farrell the Red Sox manager said that Koji Uehara would be the closer for Boston. Uehara recorded saves for Boston both Friday and Saturday.
Brad Ziegler was acquired on Friday by Boston from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He will take over Uehara’s role as a set up man in the bullpen.
Kimbrel said that any time an injury occurs there is frustration. He said he had been in the outfield during the team’s batting practice when he stepped for a ball and hurt his knee.
He said he heard his knee pop but did not think anything serious had happened until it was evaluated and the MRI showed just what it was.
Kimbrel has a meniscus tear and was placed on the team’s 15-day disabled list. This is the first time Kimbrel has been placed on the DL.
There was some possibility that Kimbrel would not need surgery but doctors deemed that idea as too risky.
Kimbrel confirmed that he has been considering trying to pitch this injury but that was squashed by management.
Regardless if he is out for the three or the six weeks, will he be back 100% as the dominant save specialist he has become or will he not have the power due to the problem being on his right foot.
Kimbrel was named to the All-Star team for the American League, but will not be traveling to San Diego to watch the game on Tuesday.
As far as the injury to Kimbrel, where he had been running might make some sort of difference. He said he might reconsider the merit of shagging flies.
The Red Sox are currently tied for second place in the American League East with the Toronto Blue Jays, just two games behind the first place Baltimore Orioles. Boston has won the first two games of its current three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays and could sweep the Rays with a win today.