15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
11 hours ago

Kimbrel (knee) will begin a rehabilitation assignment Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Red Sox are waiting to see how Kimbrel responds from Wednesday's bullpen session, his second of the week, before committing the injured closer to Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell said the rehab stint could a short one, and KImbrel could rejoin the Red Sox as early as next week during their 11-game road trip.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
23 hours ago

Kimbrel (knee) threw Wednesday and could be on the verge of beginning a rehab assignment, Ryan Hannable of WEEI reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Red Sox figure to release an official update on Kimbrel's status in the near future, but the report notes there were "fist pumps all around" after Kimbrel threw Wednesday morning, so he could be ready to head out on a rehab assignment in the near future. Kimbel could throw a couple times in the minors having been sidelined for several weeks, but he remains on track to rejoin the Red Sox at some point in the early portion of August.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
3 days ago

Kimbrel threw a successful 20 pitch bullpen on Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel was placed on the disabled list on July 9, with a timetable of a 3-to-6-weeks. It looks like he is currently on the front side of that timetable, with a return of next week looking more likely. Kimbrel will need to have another strong session or two before going on a rehab assignment for Boston. He will return to his closer's role upon activation by the Red Sox.

15DCraig Kimbrel
RP BOS
4 days 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
4 days 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
5 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
1 week 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
3 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
3 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.