Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel to have knee surgery

by Sadie Mccarthy Julio 10, 2016, 0:34

Kimbrel suffered a left knee medial meniscus tear while shagging fly balls during batting practice prior to Friday's game against the Rays.

On Saturday, the Red Sox announced that Kimbrel has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will undergo surgery for a cartilage tear in his left knee.

Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is going to miss the next 3 to 6 weeks due to knee surgery, which he will undergo Monday, per reports on the Tweetbox.

Boston reacted quickly to the news, acquiring Arizona closer Brad Ziegler for two minor leaguers early Saturday morning.

Until Kimbrel returns, he and Koji Uehara will share the closer role.

Because of the injury, Kimbrel will miss next week's All-Star Game.

The trade for Ziegler and the DL stint for Kimbrel set off several roster moves for Boston, with catcher Blake Swihart being transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Ziegler on the 40-man roster. Those trades are all about depth, but now Dombrowski's focus will likely turn toward adding a starter who can lengthen Boston's rotation.

If you want MORE coverage of your team, check out Red Sox Beat Podcast here on CLNS Radio! They've also reportedly sent senior VP of baseball ops Frank Wren out to scout both Rich Hill of the A's and Julio Teheran of the Braves, the latter of which Wren knows from his days in Atlanta.

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