Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel injures knee, out 3-6 weeks

The Red Sox will be without their closer for the next three to six weeks as Craig Kimbrel will undergo surgery.

He will undergo surgery to fix cartilage in his left knee and will miss 3-6 weeks. In fact, Boston manager John Farrell was as confused by his injury as was most of the baseball loving public. "We'll know more after the procedure on Monday and the subsequent rehab that will follow".

"Honestly, this is an anomaly", Farrell said of Kimbrel's injury. What our players go through normally day in and day out for traditionally in the game. "Unfortunately, in this case, in Craig's case, we're going to miss him for a little bit".

In search of bullpen help, the Red Sox on Saturday acquired side-arming right-hander Brad Ziegler from the Arizona Diamondbacks for two minor leaguers.

Kimbrel is the second Red Sox pitcher this year to suffer an injury during BP, as left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez dislocated his knee while shagging balls early in spring training. He is flying across the country and Saturday won't make it to Boston in time for the game. He likely will fill the closer role until Kimbrel's return with Matt Barnes, Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa in the setup role.

Vanessa Coleman

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