Dodger fans rejoice! The day you’ve all been waiting for has finally come!
One day after allowing a go-ahead 9th inning home run, his fifth run allowed in four games, Craig Kimbrel has been removed from the Dodgers’ closer position.
It’s pretty surprising it took this long, considering Kimbrel struggled to throw a clean inning for most of the year, but Dodger fans won’t have to hold their breath in the 9th inning of a one-run game any longer.
The biggest question mark now is who will get that coveted 9th inning role. Roberts said the team will go to a closer-by-committee role for now, as they’ll probably use these next few weeks to see who could close out games in October.
Craig Kimbrel has been removed as the Dodgers’ closer, at least for now. He’ll pitch in a variety of roles moving forward, and the Dodgers will handle it by committee. Pretty decent chance that’s how it looks in October, too.
— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) September 23, 2022
As for Kimbrel, this won’t be the last we see of him just yet.
Roberts will still look to find roles for the 34-year-old — whether it be in a setup role or in the middle innings. Kimbrel had thrown nine straight scoreless and hitless appearances, before serving up a walk-off three-run home run last week. Last night’s home run turned out to be the final straw on what has been a shaky first season in Dodger Blue.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts confirmed the obvious /inevitable — Craig Kimbrel won’t be closing games any more. Will look for other roles to use him in for rest of regular season. Wouldn’t speak to postseason
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 23, 2022
Roberts declined to make any commitments about the postseason roster.
So for Dodger fans who have been calling for a Kimbrel replacement all year long, you’ve at least got your wish for now. But if you were hoping to not see Kimbrel on the postseason roster at all, you’ll have to wait a few more weeks for a decision on that.
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