Kimbrel will throw live batting practice Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Kimbrel tossed live batting practice Thursday, and he'll throw one more session Saturday before potentially being assigned to Triple-A Iowa, where he'll make at least a few appearances before joining the big-league squad.
Kimbrel will throw live batting practice Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Kimbrel has been cleared to face hitters after completing a bullpen session with no issues earlier in the week. If all goes well during Thursday's live BP session, Kimbrel could be cleared to join Triple-A Iowa for a few tune-up appearances before making his debut with the Cubs.
Kimbrel completed a bullpen session Monday and could begin throwing live batting practice by the end of the week, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Kimbrel is at the Cubs' spring training facility in Arizona as he progresses toward a return to major-league action after an extended offseason. The 31-year-old could seemingly head to Triple-A Iowa for some tune-up innings next week if all goes well during live batting practice.
Kimbrel, who officially signed with the Cubs on Friday, is roughly two or three weeks away from being ready to join the big-league roster, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Kimbrel is understandably not ready to be thrown right into big-league action after enduring a seven-month offseason. He'll throw a bullpen session in Chicago on Saturday before heading to the team's spring training facility in Arizona. He'll be officially optioned to Triple-A Iowa for that period and could throw some tune-up innings at that level before taking over as the Cubs' closer.
The Cubs are "pushing hard" for Kimbrel, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The market for Kimbrel is starting to heat up now that he's no longer tied to draft-pick compensation, and the Cubs apparently have money to spend with Ben Zobrist (personal) currently on the restricted list -- if the utility man doesn't return this season, it would save the Cubs more than $9 million. The Cubs have primarily used Pedro Strop and Steve Cishek in the ninth inning this season while Brandon Morrow (elbow) works his way back from an elbow injury. Kimbrel would represent a step up from all three, lending credence to the Cubs' reportedly high level of interest.
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