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Craig Kimbrel gave up two earned runs and recorded only two outs Saturday against the Mets.

It was Kimbrel's first outing in a week -- he was dealing with mild shoulder soreness -- and he had to be pulled with one out to go in the bottom of the ninth. Jordan Walden entered to pick up the one-out save. For what it's worth, Kimbrel told reporters after the game that his shoulder felt fine and that he wanted to stay in the game.

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Craig Kimbrel (shoulder) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and declared himself "ready."

According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, manager Fredi Gonzalez was "noncommittal" about using Kimbrel on Wednesday night because of the cold weather in Philadelphia. Kimbrel has been unavailable the past two games with mild shoulder soreness.

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Craig Kimbrel (shoulder) played catch Tuesday.

Kimbrel was unavailable to close out Monday's win over the Phillies due to shoulder soreness, but both he and the team downplayed the situation after the game. In fact, he's hoping to pitch Tuesday if the weather doesn't wipe out the game in Philadelphia. It's encouraging news, but fantasy owners should continue to cross their fingers.

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Craig Kimbrel is being listed as day-to-day with a sore shoulder.

Obviously it's potentially worrisome anytime the shoulder is involved, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't concerned, categorizing it as "normal soreness." Just to be safe, Kimbrel owners should run to pick up David Carpenter just in case. Carpenter converted the save Monday with a scoreless inning.

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Craig Kimbrel allowed one run in 2/3 of an inning, but escaped with his fourth save of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Mets.

The Braves entered the ninth inning up 4-0, confident they wouldn't need Kimbrel, but Jordan Walden put two men on with one out and manager Fredi Gonzalez had to use his closer. Kimbrel allowed both inherited runners to score along with one of his own, but was able to slither away with the save. Mr. Automatic looked somewhat human.

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Craig Kimbrel struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to close out Wednesday's win over the Brewers.

He was helped out by a terrific catch by Jayson Heyward to lead off the frame, but Kimbrel looked sharp for the second straight day. The Braves' closer has struck out four over two perfect innings so far and should be among the elite fantasy closers again this season.

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Craig Kimbrel earned his first save of the season on Tuesday, striking out the side in a win over the Brewers.

Kimbrel picked up where he left off in 2013, striking out Khris Davis, Rickie Weeks and Mark Reynolds en route to the perfect inning. The hard-throwing right-hander remains the premier closer in the game and will look to repeat his 50-save performance of last season.

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Craig Kimbrel spoiled the Braves' no-hit bid on Tuesday, giving up a run in the seventh against the Phillies.

Kimbrel walked two and gave up and RBI single to Kevin Frandsen. It's the first run he's allowed in five innings this spring. Kimbrel was pretty shaky last spring and still not quite his normal self in April, but he's looked strong for the most part this month.

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Braves and RHP Craig Kimbrel avoided arbitration by agreeing to a four-year contract extension.

The financials of the deal are not yet known, but it also includes a club option for 2018. Kimbrel was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, so the Braves have bought out at least one and possibly two years of free agency. It's the third long-term extension Atlanta has worked out this winter, following the Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran deals. Kimbrel holds a microscopic 1.39 ERA with 381 strikeouts across 227 1/3 innings in his first four seasons in the majors.

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Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves are expected to announce a contract extension with Craig Kimbrel soon.

It's the winter of extensions for the Braves, as they've already locked up Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran to long-term deal. The specifics of Kimbrel's extension are not yet known. Kimbrel, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, holds a microscopic 1.39 ERA with 381 strikeouts across 227 1/3 innings in his first four seasons in the majors.