Injury updates on Craig Kimbrel, Brandon Kintzler


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Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel successfully navigated a simulated game at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. (Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel successfully navigated a simulated game at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. (Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO — In addition to the numerous injuries to infielders that the Chicago Cubs have been forced to deal with lately, the North Siders are also currently suffering from injuries to arguably their top two arms out of the bullpen. However, the odds are fair that the Cubs will have both of them back in action relatively soon.

Closer Craig Kimbrel, who has been on the 10-day injured list for a few weeks because of elbow inflammation, is still on the shelf, and middle reliever Brandon Kintzler has not pitched in a little over a week as a result of oblique soreness. Kimbrel took part in a simulated game at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, and, according to Cubs manager Joe Maddon, he fared well. Kimbrel threw 16 pitches, most of which were fastballs, and could potentially rejoin the active roster this weekend.

As for Kintzler, he revealed to the press that a recent in-game incident involving him tumbling off the mound on a botched pitch delivery caused intense pain in his back and side that essentially incapacitated him. Kintzler has avoided the injured list and aims to try pitching from the bump again in the next day or so before the Cubs decide on the next step for him. The general assumption is that both Kimbrel and Kintzler will be able to resume pitching at some point during the upcoming 4-game series at the Friendly Confines against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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