Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel to undergo knee surgery

Baseball null Just 12 hours after trading for Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler, the Red Sox placed closer Craig Kimbrel on the 15-day disabled list with a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. The right-hander will undergo surgery Monday to repair the cartilage in his left knee and is expected to miss three to six weeks,

the club announced. MORE: Could these pitchers be on the move?Kimbrel, named to his fifth All-Star team this week, was unavailable Friday in the ninth inning of a 6-5 victory over the Rays. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Kimbrel injured his left knee before the game.  "Everything that we did early, he was fine," Farrell said. "But then he felt something while the running was taking place, unfortunately, during [batting practice] while he was shagging."MORE: These AL teams wish they could hit the reset button on these trades.According to ESPN, Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara and the recently acquired Ziegler will man the closer position until Kimbrel's return.Brad Ziegler and Koji Uehara will each get save opportunities in Craig Kimbrel's absence, according to Red Sox...— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) July 9, 2016Kimbrel has a 3.55 ERA with 17 saves and a 50:15 K:BB ratio for the Red Sox, who enter Saturday's game with the Rays two games behind the Orioles for the AL East lead.