Chicago Cubs place closer Craig Kimbrel on 10-day injured list

Sept. 5 (UPI) — The Chicago Cubs placed closer Craig Kimbrel on the 10-day injured list, the team announced Thursday.

Kimbrel was placed on the IL due to right elbow inflammation, according to the team. He will be out at least another week as the roster move was retroactive to Monday.

“I still think the story has yet to be written about his contribution this year,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters. “If this goes according to plan and he feels good and we get him back, he could save a lot of big games for us the rest of this month and, hopefully, next month.”

Kimbrel will miss the Cubs’ four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend, and a four-game set against the San Diego Padres next week.

Kimbrel has a 5.68 ERA and 26 strikeouts across 19 innings (21 games) this season. He recorded 42 saves with the Boston Red Sox last season and became a free agent this year, reaching a three-year deal with the Cubs on June 7.

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