Craig Kimbrel among group of Red Sox who are suddenly sidelined by injuries
|07.08.16 at 11:38 pm ET|
By the time John Farrell met with the media following the win, Craig Kimbrel, Junichi Tazawa, Brock Holt, and Hanley Ramirez were among the Red Sox who were being newly-diagnosed with ailments.
After Koji Uehara came on to close things out in the ninth inning for his third save of the season, it became evident something was amiss with Kimbrel. As Farrell explained, the Sox closer suffered some left knee discomfort prior to the game, leading the team to send the pitcher out for an MRI Friday night.
“He was unavailable,” said Farrell of Kimbrel. “After pregame conditioning and BP [batting practice] he came in complaining of some left knee discomfort. He was sent for an MRI here tonight. We’ll get a better read once those images are viewed. So we won’t have a further update until tomorrow.”
The manager added, “Everything that we did early, he was fine. But then felt something while the running was taking place unfortunately during BP while he was shagging. Definitely unavailable tonight and we won’t know more until [Saturday].”
The injury will most likely prevent Kimbrel from participating in the upcoming All-Star Game, according to the Sox manager.
Farrell also revealed that Tazawa wasn’t available, with the reliever having been dealing with right shoulder discomfort since his last outing, July 3. There is currently no MRI scheduled for the righty.
Holt was also included in the walking wounded, having exited the game in the fourth inning after spraining his left ankle while stealing second base. After the win, Holt — who had returned from his concussion exactly a week before — was seen in a walking boot for precautionary reasons.
“Right now Grade 1,” said Farrell of the severity of Holt’s injury. “He was able to walk around in the clubhouse here. Whatever further imaging is to be had, I don’t know that yet. Unfortunately we had to get him off the field.”
Also leaving early was Ramirez, who didn’t come out for the ninth inning after fouling a ball off his left shin for the second time in three days. After hobbling near the first base line, with Farrell and the training staff coming out to check on the first baseman, Ramirez stayed for the remainder of his at-bat, ultimately striking out.
“Hanley is sore,” Farrell said. “That’s two times in the last two games that he’s fouled a ball off the same spot on his shin. We’ll re-evaluate him in the morning. We’re a little banged up right now.”
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