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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Craig Kimbrel is away from Boston’s spring training camp while his infant daughter has surgery.

Kimbrel’s wife Ashley gave birth to the couple’s first child, Lydia Joy, in November. Lydia Joy was born with a heart ailment and had a first medical procedure when she was a few days old. Surgery is scheduled at Boston Children’s Hospital.

“I love baseball, but I also love my family,” the Red Sox closer said Tuesday. “I’m here to work. I’m here to focus and try to get better. When I leave the ballpark, my heart and my mind are definitely at home.”

“The doctors have been amazing, very encouraging,” he added. “There’s a plan for everything. You want to be there and do everything you can, but you have to step back and trust the doctors and we’re doing what we can.”

Kimbrel is making $13 million this year and can become a free agent after the season. He turns 30 on May 28 and had 35 saves in 39 chances last year; he led major league relievers with 16.43 strikeouts per nine innings.

Under new manager Alex Cora, Kimbrel could be used earlier in games in important situations.

“I think I’ll be used in positions I need to be used in, closing a lot of games and getting us out of some tough spots when I need to,” Kimbrel said.

Cora maintains usage won’t change much.

“People think it’s a big adjustment,” he said. “But if you start looking at the numbers, you don’t lose too many saves if it’s the way you want to use him. We’re not talking about the lower third of the lineup. We’re talking the middle of the lineup, eighth inning, certain situations — what I feel is game on the line.”

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Boston Red Sox closer Matt Barnes placed on COVID-19 injured list

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DETROIT — The Boston Red Sox placed closer Matt Barnes on the COVID-19 injured list on Tuesday.

Barnes is 5-2 with 23 saves and a 2.30 ERA, but hadn’t pitched since a save against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 28. The right-hander was put into quarantine after showing symptoms at the team’s hotel in Detroit and is awaiting test results.

Marwin Gonzalez returned to the active roster after being out since July 13 with a hamstring strain. He is hitting .205 while starting at all four infield positions, as well as left and right field.

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Milwaukee Brewers’ John Axford (elbow) heads to IL on heels of first MLB appearance since 2018

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Milwaukee Brewers reliever John Axford was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, one day after his first major league appearance since 2018 was cut short by a right elbow injury.

The team recalled left-hander Angel Perdomo from Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move, and also placed infielder Keston Hiura on the COVID-19 injured list.

The Brewers acquired the 38-year-old Axford — who started his major league career in Milwaukee and had his greatest success there — from the Toronto Blue Jays for $1 on Monday. The veteran right-hander pitched later that day against the Pittsburgh Pirates but retired just one of the five batters he faced before leaving with an elbow issue.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Monday that Axford would undergo an MRI.

Axford began this season as a studio analyst on the Blue Jays’ television broadcast crew.

After pitching for Canada in an Olympic qualifier, Axford signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on June 24. Axford said his velocity got as high as 98 mph during that Olympic qualifier.

He went 1-0 with an 0.84 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Blue Jays’ Triple-A Buffalo affiliate. Axford struck out 14 batters and allowed three walks and two hits in 10 2/3 innings. Opposing batters were hitting just .061 against him.

Axford collected 106 saves during his previous five-year stint in Milwaukee and ranks second to Dan Plesac (133) on the franchise’s career saves list.

Milwaukee’s bullpen has taken a hit lately with All-Star closer Josh Hader, Jake Cousins, Jandel Gustave and Hunter Strickland all going on the COVID-19 injured list.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New York Yankees’ Jordan Montgomery also tests positive for COVID-19

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A second member of the New York Yankees‘ starting rotation has tested positive for COVID-19.

Left-hander Jordan Montgomery tested positive for the virus, manager Aaron Boone announced Tuesday. The news comes a day after the team said ace Gerrit Cole had tested positive.

Boone said “as of now” it’s the just the two pitchers who have tested positive and no other players will be unavailable due to contact tracing.

Both Montgomery and Cole will be sidelined at least 10 days from the date of their positive test under MLB’s protocols.

Earlier this month, star slugger Aaron Judge was among six Yankees players who tested positive for coronavirus.

Montgomery, 28, is 4-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 21 starts this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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