REPORT: Craig Kimbrel Dealt With Finger Problem In '16
According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was dealing with more than a knee injury in his first Boston season. Before he went down with knee surgery, he suffered an injury to his right index finger—sometime in late April of 2016. While the public didn't know about the injury, the team coaching and medical staff were aware of it. During the rehab period for his knee, he worked to make sure that his healing finger was not causing bad mechanical habits. Despite this, he did admit that there were times that the finger made him "yank the ball" because of release point issues.