15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
15 hours ago

Kimbrel (knee) played catch Sunday and will now throw a bullpen session Monday, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel was tentatively scheduled to throw a bullpen Sunday, but it's getting pushed out one day. If all goes well Monday, he will throw another bullpen Wednesday then face hitters in a minor league game or simulated game after that, which could come as soon as Friday. That opens up the possibility that he could return sometime next week when the Red Sox are in the middle of an 11-game, West Coast road trip.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
1 day ago

Kimbrel (knee) is lined up to throw 20 pitches in the bullpen Sunday, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel was seen on the field prior to Saturday's game, practicing his delivery from the mound without a ball and then throwing in the outfield. The Red Sox want him to throw two bullpen sessions and then some kind of rehab work, whether that be a simulated game or a stint in the minors, before being activated. In theory, all that could be done this week and Kimbrel could join the team on its 10-game West Coast trip, which begins Thursday against the Angels. "Whether or not Craig travels with us remains to be seen. He would be getting close to a rehab appearance. Whether it's a sim game or not, that's all to be worked out," manager John Farrell said. Whatever transpires in the coming week, it looks like Kimbrel is ahead of the mid-August return date originally laid out for him.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
2 days ago

Kimbrel (knee) is expected to throw a bullpen session over the next two days, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel's rehab from knee surgery remains right on schedule, with the expectation that he'll be ready to return to the Boston bullpen sometime in mid-August. Assuming the right-hander emerges from the bullpen session without issue, he'll progress to a rehab assignment, which would presumably include multiple appearances.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
5 days ago

Kimbrel (knee) threw from flat ground Wednesday and is on schedule to return from surgery within the initial three-to-six week timetable, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Kimbrel and Koji Uehara on the disabled list, Brad Ziegler will serve as the Red Sox's primary closer for now, but Robbie Ross and Tom Layne may also be in the mix depending on the situation. Nevertheless, all signs are pointing to Kimbrel's recovery being on track, which should put him back in the Boston bullpen around the middle of August.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
2 weeks ago

Kimbrel (knee) underwent successful left knee arthroscopy and partial medial meniscectomy Monday and will be out 3-6 weeks, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel's surgery went according to plan and he will now begin the rehab and recovery phase in an attempt to get back to full strength. The 28-year-old has a career high 3.55 ERA through 34 games for the Red Sox but has still converted on 17 of his 19 save opportunities.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
2 weeks ago

Kimbrel (knee) has been diagnosed with a left medial meniscus tear and will undergo surgery Monday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. He's been placed on the DL and is expected to miss 3-to-6 weeks.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel sustained the injury while running prior to Friday's game, and he'll now miss at least the rest of the month, and possibly a portion of August. The 3-to-6-week timetable is far from exact, but a more concrete estimate should be available following Monday's procedure. Boston has not announced who will take over as the interim closer, but Brad Zielger, who was acquired via trade earlier in the week, could be the top option.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
2 weeks ago

Kimbrel injured his knee running before Friday's game and is awaiting the results of an MRI, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager John Farrell admitted after Friday's game that Kimbrel will not pitch in the All-Star game, and the team expects to know more about the severity of the injury Saturday. Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) is also ailing, so Koji Uehara would be the obvious option for saves for however long Kimbrel is out. It seems safe to rule Kimbrel out for Saturday and Sunday's games, considering he has already been ruled out for the All-Star game.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
3 weeks ago

Kimbrel, who was torched for four runs in a non-save situation Tuesday, requested to pitch Wednesday night regardless of the score, Kevin Dillon of Mass Live reports. "He made it clear," Boston manager John Farrell said. "He wanted to be back on the mound [Wednesday]. With only 12 pitches thrown [Tuesday], he is fresh and wanted to make sure we got an opportunity to work through some things."

EDGE Analysis

Boston's All-Star closer has not been good in non-save situations this season and wanted to put Tuesday night's debacle behind him. He entered Wednesday's game with Boston holding a five-run lead over Texas, and while he was better -- no runs allowed, no hits, two strikeouts -- he did put two batters on via the walk after getting the first two hitters out. The Red Sox have an off day Thursday, so Kimbrel should be available if a save opportunity presents itself Friday night against the Rays.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
3 weeks ago

Kimbrel allowed four runs on three hits and a walk without getting a batter out in Tuesday night's 7-2 loss to Texas.

EDGE Analysis

With Boston trailing by a run heading into the ninth inning and the middle of their order due up in the bottom of the ninth, manager John Farrell turned to his closer in an non-save situation to keep the game close for an attempted comeback. But Kimbrel would have none of that in an outing that furthered a disturbing trend: Boston's closer has a 6.75 and 1.65 ERA in 14 non-save situations, spanning 13.1 innings, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. And including the last three seasons, his ERA in non-save situations has swelled to 5.13. That suggests a lack of focus. Farrell admitted he might rethink whether to use Kimbrel in these situations, but others in the bullpen were not available to pitch Tuesday and he needed Kimbrel.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
3 weeks ago

Kimbrel secured his 17th save in Friday's 5-4 victory by working around a hit and a walk in the ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

Despite allowing two baserunners, Kimbrel needed only 15 pitches overall to get out of the ninth. He tempted fate by walking Mike Trout to start the inning, and then surrendering a ground-rule double to Daniel Nava with two out. However, he managed to induce a groundout from C.J. Cron, who'd hit a grand slam earlier in the contest, to seal the victory. It was the veteran closer's fifth consecutive successfully converted save opportunity.