Final Checkpoint for Craig Kimbrel Could Be Tonight

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Final Checkpoint for Craig Kimbrel Could Be Tonight

Chicago Cubs

Today is a big day for soon-to-be Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel, who could make his final tune-up appearance at AAA Iowa tonight.

“Tuesday is an important checkpoint for us to see how he’s feeling,” Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein told “We’ll get together with him and make a call after that game and see what direction we go. He’s such a pro and, obviously, a veteran. He knows himself better than anybody else. Getting his input is important. We’re getting close to the point where we’ll have established enough of a foundation where there’s an opportunity to take the next step provided he feels good with everything.”

In other words, if Kimbrel throws comfortably tonight and feels good in the morning, he’s likely to join the big league team on Thursday or Friday.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.