Red Sox lose closer Craig Kimbrel to freak knee injury


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Newly minted All-Star Craig Kimbrel will not be available to pitch in the Midsummer Classic, or at all for the next 3-6 weeks, as the Boston Red Sox closer will have surgery on Monday.

Kimbrel will have surgery to fix torn cartilage on Monday after being diagnosed with a medial meniscus tear in his left knee.

Kimbrel will have surgery on his knee to fix cartilage on Monday, which will force him to sit out between 3 and 6 weeks. Ziegler and RHP Koji Uehara will share the closer role in Kimbrel's absence. He previously combined for 33 1/3 innings of 3.74 ERA pitching and similar strikeout and walk rates from 2014-15.

Kimbrel is the second Red Sox pitcher this season to get injury while retrieving a ball in batting practice, a routine that he and many other pitchers use as a cardiovascular exercise. The 36-year old has a career 2.49 ERA in nine seasons.

Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 6 because of a sprained left wrist.

Despite the trade deadline still being three weeks off, Boston Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski has already gotten busy in moving prospects for Major League Baseball contributors, as the Red Sox enter the "win-now" mode.

An overtaxed bullpen of the Red Sox, thanks to a starting pitching staff that continues to struggle, will no doubt be very welcoming of a new reliever to the fold.

In the American League, injured Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel will be replaced by Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez.

If there's one thing about Brad Ziegler, it's that there's no one else like him in the Boston Red Sox's bullpen.

When asked about the pressure that comes with playing for a big-market team, Ziegler said, "Ideally, I'm just not giving up runs and they cheer for me".

"Koji's our closer", said Farrell.

Uehara has a 4.96 ERA and three saves and has allowed eight homers in just 322/3 innings.

Price had received two runs or fewer in each of his last seven starts.

Ziegler was surprised he had been traded 23 days before the non-waiver deadline because the Diamondbacks had talked with him about the possibility of a contract extension. Both Hill and Ziegler played in the Cape Cod League at the same time in college, though on different teams. Boston added INF/OF Michael Martinez, acquired from Cleveland on Friday, to the 25-man roster and recalled RHP Noe Ramirez from Triple-A Pawtucket. Ziegler started with his career with the Oakland Athletics but has played for Arizona since 2011 and is the owner of a career 2.49 ERA.

"It's something he's been battling for some time and he needs some down time to recover from this", John Farrell said after making the announcement of the move.

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