Kimbrel rusty in 9th, but Braves hold on for 7-5 win vs Mets

As Justin Upton circled the bases on a three-run homer trot in the ninth inning, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was warming up in the bullpen, ready to enter with a 7-3 lead against the Mets. Victory seemed certain. The Braves did win, but not without plenty of consternation when Kimbrel gave up two runs in the ninth inning of his first appearance in a week, then cursed after handing...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Closer Report

So, everyone can give a complete exhale that two save-category standard bearers were not shut down with shoulder problems. Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara both threw bullpens yesterday, and are all systems go for the rest of the week.  Not like any of you have them, because we don't and shouldn't overpay for saves on draft day.  So if either of these guys fell to ya, good...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel throws side session, Gonzalez unsure of using him in cold

Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel threw threw a side session on Wednesday. Kimbrel was satisfied with the session proclaiming himself as ready to go but manager Fredi Gonzalez still has reservations about using him in the cold weather expected in Philadelphia tonight. #Braves Kimbrel threw 15-pitch side session today, said shoulder was good & he's ready. Fredi non-committal...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Craig Kimbrel plays catch with no issues

The Atlanta Braves' Craig Kimbrel caused some concern for fans of the reigning NL East champs on Monday night when it emerged that the star closer was dealing with shoulder soreness. Manager Fredi Gonzalez downplayed the severity of the problem after Monday's game and Tuesday morning brought further reassurance with the news, as reported by Mark Bowman of, that...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel plays catch on Tuesday

Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel played catch on Tuesday after sitting out of Monday’s game in Philadelphia. Kimbrel believes he will be ready to go if Tuesday’s game is not cancelled by bad weather. After Monday’s game Braves manager Freddi Gonzalez again spoke that he had no concern about the status of his closer. “Not worried at all,” Gonzalez said. “I’m talking...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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

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...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: How to defeat the Atlanta Braves

Over the last year the Washington Nationals have struggled mightily with their division rival Atlanta Braves. The Nationals went 6-13 against the Braves last year, and lost two out of three in their opening series of 2014. To overcome last year’s struggles and win the NL East, Washington must figure out how to beat Atlanta on a consistent basis. To do this, they must avoid late...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves and Craig Kimbrel close on four-year contract

Atlanta’s strongest closer, Craig Kimbrel, settled with the Braves on a $42 million, four-year contract on Sunday.  Kimbrel and the Braves were prepared for arbitration with the organization’s offer set at $6.55 million and Kimbrel’s asking salary of $9 million for a one-year deal.  The arbitration date was set for Monday, but was avoided by a matter of hours when the agreement...
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves, closer Kimbrel agree to 4-year contract extension

Another day, another contract extension for an Atlanta Braves star. On Sunday morning, the Braves announced that reliever Craig Kimbrel -- perhaps the premier closer in all of baseball -- had agreed to a four-year contract (through 2017), with an option for the 2018 season.'s Mark Bowman has Kimbrel's four-year contract at $42 million, with $16 million coming on the...
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Arbitration could make or break 2014

(Credit: Daniel Shirey, USA Today) Right now, the Atlanta Braves have three of their most valuable players waiting on arbitration hearings to debate their salaries.  Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman, and Jason Heyward were anything but pleased with the offers set forth by the Braves’ organization. Kimbrel, the Braves’ closer, led the National League last year with 50 saves. ...
January 31, 2014  |  1 Comment

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