While still not yet official, it appears that Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel is nearing the completion of his assignment as an undercover cop in a kindergarten classroom and is poised to return to the Cubs bullpen, as soon as Sunday, August 18th.
Theoretically, the Cubs brass may elect to send Kimbrel for a couple of games in the minors, but given the gravitas of the recent implosions at the end of ball games, I don't think that happens. As Billy Shakespeare put it, a closer off the IL by any other name would still smell as sweet. Between Kimbrel, Steve Cishek and Brandon Morrow, the Cubs have 514 career saves sitting on the shelf - more than 2019 HOFer and Chicago Cub Lee Smith had in his career, and he's third all-time! With the sting of Bryce Harper and the Pittsburgh headhunters still fresh, the cavalry couldn't get here soon enough.
UPDATE: Kimbrel has officially been activated ahead of tonight's Little League Classic against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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