Cubs place closer Craig Kimbrel (elbow) on injured list

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel has been placed on the injured list due to right elbow inflammation.

What It Means:

The move is retroactive to Sept. 2, so Kimbrel doesn't necessarily need to be on the shelf for 10 days. The former All-Star closer has been struggling mightily as of late, and this news could be an explanation for his issues on the mound. Pedro Strop and/or Steve Cishek could be in line for closing duties in Kimbrel's absence.

In 19.0 innings pitched this season, Kimbrel has faced 88 batters and has a 5.68 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, 26 strikeouts and 11 walks.