Boston closer Kimbrel back quickly from knee surgery

SEATTLE (AP) Closer Craig Kimbrel returned to the Boston Red Sox on Monday, three weeks after surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee.

The All-Star was 0-1 with a 1.45 ERA and 17 saves in 19 opportunities before his surgery July 11. Opponents were hitting just .143 in his 19 save chances this season.

Kimbrel made his only rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. He threw 17 pitches over one inning, allowing one hit and hitting a batter.

Farrell said he would like to give Kimbrel a `soft' outing, but if he was needed in a save situation against the Mariners on Monday, Kimbrel was available.

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