Craig Kimbrel (elbow inflammation) isn’t coming off the IL today, and may not be an impact piece down the stretch – who can say for sure at this point? – but at least he took a step today.
Kimbrel told team official bullpen session was fine, declined to talk to reporters.
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) September 12, 2019
Kimbrel threw a pen. Said went “fine” and threw all his pitches. Declined to discuss in further detail.
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) September 12, 2019
Kimbrel will need to feel good after this session, and then be able to really uncork a serious session (or another one, if today’s was), and then recover from that fine before he could be considered for game action. You’re still looking at next week at the earliest, but today’s session means that *maybe* you could hope for early next week as opposed to late.
Or, of course, it’s possible he won’t feel good tomorrow and the whole thing starts over again.