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Monday, April 14, 2014

Braves' Craig Kimbrel (shoulder soreness) is day-to-day

By on 4/14/2014 11:52:00 PM

Everyone watching a wild game in Philadelphia tonight was surprised when All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel did not emerge from the Atlanta Braves bullpen in the ninth inning with Atlanta up 9-6. Instead, setup man David Carpenter handled the job, earning his first save of the season. After the game, Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez explained that Kimbrel was unavailable for the game due to a sore shoulder. Kimbrel downplayed the injury.
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Kimbrel is in the top-tier of relief pitchers, leading the league in saves for the last three years. He already had saved five of the Braves' nine games in 2014, giving up one run in 5.2 innings, with 1 hit, 1 walk and 12 strikeouts. During the off-season, Kimbrel signed a 4-year $42 million extenstion, with an option for a fifth year. Despite his excellence and importance to the team, the deal was criticized by some analysts owing to the frequency of reliever injuries.

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