Mostly I’m just scared right now about whether Kimbrel is injured.
Ross said no injury for Kimbrel. "He was just down today."
David Ross doesn't go into detail re Craig Kimbrel. Just says 'the bullpen was short' today.
As the Cubs bullpen worked in — and eventually out — of a jam in the ninth inning Friday, fans shared the same question.
Where is Craig Kimbrel?
Ross said Kimbrel was down, no injury. Said bullpen in general was thin today, but didn't get into details because he felt it was a competitive advantage to keep it quiet. Likely just the aches and pains that come up throughout the course of a season.
I get your point, but 1 game on May 7 is not so important that Ross/Cubs should throw caution to the wind with Kimbrel's long-term/big-picture health. They know a lot more about what he and the other relievers are dealing with physically. The Cubs bullpen has been taxed lately. https://t.co/ZKKZqCh1HT
#Cubs David Ross says Craig Kimbrel was "just down" today and that not having Kimbrel in the ninth was not injury related.
He also said he expects Kimbrel to be available tomorrow.
Ross did acknowledge that the bullpen was "short" today, which is odd coming out of an off day.
David Ross: closer Craig Kimbrel was down today, isn't dealing with an injury.
Even if they lost today, Kimbrel’s long term health and effectiveness is more important than one game
Ross said Craig Kimbrel was down today, but not with an injury.
Ross later mentioned that the bullpen was short, but he wouldn't go into more detail for competitive advantage reasons.
Down as in Cubs bullpen was a "little short" today overall, Ross said but didn't go into detail because he didn't want to give away any competitive advantages. But expects Kimbrel to be able to go tomorrow. https://t.co/0ceppFW6Gq
(Above all it's just good that Kimbrel isn't hurt, apparently)
Bet my last beer, the front office made the call to have Kimbrel down regardless of the score. You can’t go hurting the July trade value #Cubs
The Cubs had about as big a margin for error as you're gonna get in a 3 run save situation facing the Pirates with the wind blowing in. They needed every inch of it, but I think it was the right call for Ross to not push Kimbrel if he wasn't 100% today.
That was some BS there. He got lucky today and he knows it. As you said, he was trying to save some bullets. Then maybe the next two days we blow them out or they blow us out and Kimbrel sits and gets rusty again. I don't like it.
much respect to craig kimbrel for taking a mental health day and not facing the pirates
You will either need Kimbrel for a playoff run or trade bait. Definitely can’t waste him now.
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Wasn’t one of Joe’s “crimes” in Theo’s eye was pitching Marrow 3 straight? Considering what is riding on a healthy and effective Kimbrel, not over using him is a no brainer.
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Damn that’s not ideal. Yeah they definitely need someone to emerge as a better than average 8th or 9th inning guy. Right now, when Kimbrel isn’t in there, it’s just close your eyes and pray for the best.
Kimbrel not available after an off day I’m totally guessing due to getting 2nd covid shot and feeling side effects. Hopefully no injury. I’d even take being hungover over an injury #cubs
They probably shouldn’t be though. Way better to use your best reliever in a high leverage spot in the 7th-8th than in the 9th when you’re up 3. In an ideal world maybe they’d use Kimbrel in a tie game at the top of the order in the 8th tomorrow, and not today up 3 in the ninth.
There is no doubt that Kimbrel would have walked, hit, then given up a HR. He's been great this year, but do you really trust him? I'd trade him the first time the phone rings.
I don’t follow the Cubs too much but in a high leverage situation like today (2 outs, bases loaded) why isn’t Kimbrel in play?