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Craig Kimbrel was unavailable Monday due to a sore shoulder

Apr 14, 2014, 11:38 PM EDT

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After Dan Uggla put the Braves ahead of the Phillies in the top of the ninth this evening in Philadelphia with a grand slam off Jake Diekman, David Carpenter — not Craig Kimbrel — came out to finish off the victory. Now we know why.

Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan in Atlanta reports that Kimbrel was unavailable tonight due to right shoulder soreness. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that the issue crept up over the weekend. For now, it doesn’t appear to be a major concern, as Kimbrel said after the game that he hopes to be good to go after “a few days.”

Perhaps this will turn out to be nothing, but a shoulder issue with the game’s best closer is obviously worth watching. The Braves will cross their fingers for now.

  1. President Charles Logan - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Please no ! please dont be a serious issue

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    The way the season has gone, Braves fans are probably happy that it is not his elbow.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Hm… And here I thought Fredi was being all sabr-nerd saying: Three Run lead? Pfft. I don’t need Kimbrel to close that! 96% of the time I can win with a pitching machine on the mound.

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