Cubs to add Kimbrel to major league roster Thursday

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FILE - In this March 31, 2018, file photo, Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs. The team said Friday, June 7, 2019, he has passed his physical. Contract terms were not disclosed.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Cubs to add Kimbrel to major league roster Thursday

FILE - In this March 31, 2018, file photo, Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs. The team said Friday, June 7, 2019, he has passed his physical. Contract terms were not disclosed.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

CHICAGO (AP) -- Craig Kimbrel will be added to the Chicago Cubs' roster Thursday before their series finale against Atlanta at Wrigley Field.

The team made the announcement following Wednesday night's 5-3 loss to the Braves.

Kimbrel, a seven-time All-Star closer, completed his minor league assignment Tuesday and traveled to Chicago on Wednesday. He pitched in four games for Triple-A Iowa, allowing one run and two hits in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander worked a clean ninth with two strikeouts Tuesday in Iowa's 5-1 win over Omaha, throwing 16 pitches.

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Kimbrel and the Cubs finalized a $43 million, three-year contract on June 7. The 31-year-old reliever has 333 career saves, including 42 last season for World Series champion Boston.

To make room on the 25-man roster, right-hander Tony Barnette was optioned to Iowa.

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